For the first time, the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) will report people who benefit from illegal connections to obtain water.
After a first inspection, there were from 10 to 15 cases of condominiums or buildings that get water from illegally placed pipes, all located in the Great Metropolitan Area (GAM).
It is not the one who makes the connection, but the one who irregularly uses the water, those could be the first cases that we would take to the Ministry (Public),
declared Sergio Núñez, deputy general manager of the AyA in GAM.
At first, the institution was trying to find the person responsible for making the connection, but due to the difficulties to find it, it decided to denounce those who benefit from that illegal service.
Unlike rural areas, this is the most common way of stealing water in the GAM, which increases the typical shortage of the dry season and this year, it could leave 438,000 Costa Ricans without water for up to 12 hours.