Water for 50 vulnerable families, Fortuna Casitas.

by Centro de Derecho Ambiental y de los Recursos Naturales (Cedarena)


The aqueduct of La Fortuna de Casitas, Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica provided water to 50 vulnerable families. Located on the Costarican North Pacific side (the driest area of the country). They only have one water well and every day is getting dryer .They spend 70% of their income just paying the water Wells light bill. CEDARENA wants to buy a solar energy system to create the energy to get the water so they can save that money and use it for other needs.

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The prolonged drought on the North Pacific side of the country makes it even harder. Has been reported that in the last 2 years 5 water wells got totally dry and 20 more are in danger. The aqueduct of La Fortuna de Casitas, works based on volunteer work and cannot invest money to build a new water well or maintain and fix the pipes of the actual system. In the last 10 years the population has grown and most of them are students, teenagers and children.


The founds received will be used to buy 16 solar panels to install the new system to generate the energy that they need to get the water , the members of the aqueduct are going to be train in some aspects : How to use the equipment , administration , finance, investment planning.

Long-Term Impact

This project will provide energy to the community during the next 25 years and the money that they save will use to improve the aqueduct system . This model project can also be use in other communities that have the same problem . Costa Rica has 1500 communal aqueducts that provides water to the 30% of the total population (1,5 million). Beside this project will contribute on the goal of making the country carbon neutral in 2021.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Centro de Derecho Ambiental y Recursos Naturales.

Organization Information

Centro de Derecho Ambiental y de los Recursos Naturales (Cedarena)

Location: San Jose - Costa Rica
Website: http:/​/​www.cedarena.org
Centro de Derecho Ambiental y de los Recursos Naturales (Cedarena)
Project Leader:
Virginia Reyes Gatjens
San Jose, Costa Rica

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