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Wastewater Seeps Onto Sidewalk and Street in Samara

By Arianna McKinney

On Sunday night, April 28, waste waters started leaking from the building where Banco Nacional is located, running down the sidewalk in front of the hardware store, down the curb and onto the edge of the street.

The following day as businesses opened on Monday, April 29, the local water board administrator, Eduardo Arnaez, inspected the problem and told VON that the wastewater was coming from the bank septic tank and passing on top of the water meter, from which potable water comes. Arnaez assured that the tubes around the water meter are tight so the wastewater should not be filtering into the potable water, but he also cautioned that this danger does exist if anything happens to loosen the waterline system, such as an earthquake. Another issue is that people walk along the sidewalk through the wastewater and then track the contamination into the hardware store on their shoes.

Arnaez said this isn’t the first time that wastewater has leaked out from this location. The owners have already had the septic tank cleaned out, so Arnaez suspected that the drainage for the septic tank might not be working.

When asked if he reported the problem to the Ministry of Health, Arnaez said, “We don’t count on the Ministry of Health because they always say we can’t go, we don’t have a car. We’ve tired of calling them.”


The building where the bank and the hardware store are located is owned by the anonymous association Hotel Rio Tempisque, for which the legal representative is Eugenio Alberto Vargas Quesada, who is currently in the United States. However, his son, Eugenio Vargas Avila, told VON that the waters leaking out are not from the septic tank but rather they are soapy waters. He said they cleaned the septic tank three weeks ago and have determined that the problem is the cenicero, which is a wooden box that traps grease and they have made arrangements for it to be repaired on Tuesday, April 30. 


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Emilce Steller Ramirez: The Art of Helping a Town Progress

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Two Local Organizations Join Forces to Empower Rural Education

Seeking new inspiration, Andrea Keith and Johannah Waite, who lead the Samara non-profit organization CREAR, have hit the road last Monday April 15 to visit the organization Abriendo Mentes (Opening Minds) searching for new ideas on how to continue helping schools.

Nosara River Dredging Against the Clock

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Saddle Up to Benefit Santa Teresita School

In an effort to fix up the humble school of Santa Teresita of Nosara, the parent school board is organizing a horse ride and a traditional ribbon race on Saturday, May 11, promising an abundance of food, drinks, music and fun.

Municipal Council Approves Concession in Maritime Zone for Intercultura

With an impressive display of community support, almost 100 people from Samara turned up at the Municipal Council meeting on Monday, April 22 to show support for the Intercultura Language School and cheered and applauded when the council voted to approve a concession that will allow the school to expand.

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