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Santo Domingo ASADA is Low on Water and Overdue for Elections
  • Family Denounces ASADA for Not Granting Water Access
  • PanAmerican Woods In Process of Donating Well Rights to the Town

By Arianna McKinney

In the mountains above Samara, the Santo Domingo ASADA (Water Administration Association) has been facing the challenge of how to administer water to approximately 150 inhabitants when the town’s one water source is insufficient, prompting the Diaz family to denounce the ASADA and turning the spotlight on PanAmerican Woods. 

Maria Jesus Diaz Jimenez related that she recently solicited a water tap but was told that there’s no more water. In the meantime, she said her mother has to go to the river for water. 

Gladys Lopez Arias, vocal for the ASADA, explained, “For the town, it’s very little the water that exists. More water can’t be given to anyone. It’s in process with AyA.”
The current board of directors should have ended their two-year term at the end of May and new elections should have been held, but the ASADA’s president, Saturnino Briones, explained that they haven’t been able to schedule a date to convene an assembly because AyA wants to have a representative present when the new board is elected and hasn’t yet indicated a date when a representative can attend.

Concerns of Contamination and Deforestation
Diaz Jimenez pointed out that the president of ASADA works for PanAmerican and the official representative of the company, Corey Miller, serves as vocal, alleging that the interests of PanAmerican’s lumber company and real estate development are affecting the administration of water and that the development in the mountains of Santo Domingo could potentially affect Mala Noche, located at the base of the mountain, which is the main water source for Samara and El Torito.

PanAmerican Woods Real Estate is selling lots for a housing development in Santo Domingo.  Currently, Miller said there are 30 lots but depending on the market, more could be created. In all, the company owns 1600 hectares of land in Santo Domingo. 

Regarding concerns for the environment, Miller commented that 32% of the company’s land is categorized as protection zone, and his assistant, Byron Miranda Salas, explained that in the housing development they are trying to not move earth and that each house has its own water treatment plant. He acknowledged that the development isn’t 100% green but affirmed that the company is doing everything possible to protect the environment. 

Deforestation has been a concern, noted Rodolfo Diaz Mendoza, fiscal for the ASADA, but this year the ASADA together with PanAmerican and Las Ventanas homes and condos began a reforestation project recommended by MINAET to protect the water sources. ICE donated 300 trees for the first stage of the project. 

Water Sources in PanAmerican’s Property
“We need development but of good proceedings. The water is theirs now practically,” Diaz Jimenez asserted. On the other hand, she also affirmed, “They think we’re against PanAmerican. It’s not that. We are fighting for water.” 

At the moment, Santo Domingo’s 35 houses depend on the town’s only water source, which only had enough water pressure to supply 7 houses according to a study performed at the end of dry season in May of 2011. Other potential water sources are all located within the property of PanAmerican.

According to the same study, none of the sources could provide enough potable water except for the well, which has the potential to supply water to 124 houses.

Miller explained that PanAmerican has signed an agreement with intentions of donating a concession to the well in the name of the ASADA, but the agreement is pending review by AyA. 


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