The history of humanity from its beginnings has been marked by a series of disputes, wars and destruction. Some historians are saying the the next big war will be over the world’s most valuable resource, water. Time will only tell if this will happen. However, one thing is clear: water is a more valuable commodity than even oil.
With oceans on two of its borders, hundreds of rivers and streams of all sizes, lakes and rain forests Costa Rica is virtually a water world. This is possible because of a rainy season that lasts about eight months. During this period of the year rainfall is almost a daily occurrence. Indeed we are fortunate to have an abundance of this valuable resource for a variety of needs including electricity. Many countries are plagued by droughts and overpopulation which affect the quality of life for their inhabitants. Fortunately this is not the case in Costa Rica. So, if you chose to retire or live here a lack of water should not be an issue.
Costa Rica’s water quality is excellent. In fact, you can drink water right out of the tap without the fear of contracting a bacteria that will raise havoc in your intestines as in many countries. A couple of water companies ensure that Costa Ricans, retirees and others have good quality drinking water. The largest is El Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados or AyA as it is more commonly known. It has been existence for 50 years. Its main job is to supply citizens in their area with drinking water and dispose of sewage. They also have a laboratory that monitors the quality of drinking water and checks the quality of sea water around Costa Rica’s many beaches. They have a rating system that grades the country’s beaches according to their water quality and cleanliness. In addition, they are involved in the modernization of San José’s sewer system with the goal of putting an end to the contamination of some of the rivers in the area.
Empresa Servicios Públicos de Heredia is another company with similar functions as AyA but it operates in the province of Heredia is much smaller in its scope.