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Concepción de Naranjo Community Water District

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The Concepción de Naranjo Community Water District is run by a Management Association comprised of community residents. It is one of the 1600 Community Water Districts that provide potable water to 1,300,000 people (26% of Costa Rica's population). 

The Concepción de Naranjo Community Water District is run by a Management Association comprised of community residents.  The Association was chartered twelve years ago for purposes of managing the Water District that provides water to Concepción's 2200 residents, with authority delegated by the federal entity in charge of water and sewer service.  It is one of the 1600 Community Water Districts that provide potable water to 1,300,000 people (26% of Costa Rica's population).  The Association is entirely responsible for collecting and distributing the water used by the community, building and maintaining the necessary infrastructure, charging for the service, and managing the revenue received.  The Association publishes a biannual newsletter to keep its customers informed, and reports to the General Assembly of Members on an annual basis.  Over 30 years ago the Concepción Water District was one of the first rural water districts in the country to install water meters, and ever since then has been recognized for its progressive leadership.

Some of the Concepción de Naranjo Community Water District Crew
From left to right:
Rodrigo Murillo, Pipefitter (Fontanero)
Marc Mellin, President of the CWD Management Association
Enrique Castro, recently 'retired' after serving on the Board of Directors for 27 years!
Arturo Araya, CWD Administrator. Arturo has a combined total of 33 years of experience!

 

 

 

 

Marc Mellin, President

 Marc Mellin was born in the United States and studied international relations and then primary education in college.  He is a naturalized citizen of Costa Rica, where he has lived since 1996 with his wife and daughter in Concepción de Naranjo (Alajuela Province).  In 1999 Marc was elected to the Board of Directors of the community association that manages the local water district, and in July of this year completed his tenth year as President of the Association.  In 2003 he helped charter a Federation of Water Districts in order to acquire and preserve aquifer recharge lands.  Recently he has collaborated with a national commission of water district leaders in drafting a legislative bill for a future Community Water District Act.

Read more about the challenges faced by Costa Rican Community Water Districts

Read more about development of a legal framework for Costa Rican Community Water Districts

Read some of Marc's throughts on motivating the community to get involved in water management (PDF, 66Kb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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