Costa Rica water is clean and affordable
Costa Rica water is nowadays pretty clean in the dry season and very affordable. Most households do not pay more than $30/month for Costa Rica water. If you spend more than that, you have a large household or you have a leak.
No matter where you will buy a Costa Rica home for sale, you will probably be connected to A y A. Today there are very few areas that have water managed by the city or by a coop. A water coop is called an Asada. Costa Rica water is relatively cheap and is generally managed by A y A which means Acuaductos y Alcantarillados. But if you are looking to purchase Costa Rica real estate with your preferred GoDutch realtor, ask him/her where the Costa Rica water supply is coming from.
For example, if you buy or rent a home in Roca Verde, in Atenas, the gated community has several wells and water tanks, so the residents of the community don´t run short of water. Most of these private water arrangements have good filters on them so you have perfectly potable drinking water.
Potable water in Costa Rica
There are still many areas in Costa Rica that have problems with potable water. So this is definitely an issue you should look at when you are planning to buy property in Costa Rica. The Costa Rica water supply is not always constant and many that can afford it to have a water back up system with a pump on their property in case the water company does some work down the road. A y A, the water company, is working hard to get all communities in Costa Rica their own potable water but the growth of the population goes faster than the A y A budget.
Check sort of water supply
When you buy a property in the rainy season, you’ll find most properties have good water pressure. When you buy the property in dry season, you can have a better feel what the water pressure is like. That’s when you either need to talk to some neighbors and ask if they run out of water during any time of the year. Or make sure you include the cost of a water reserve tank, a pressure tank and a water pump to the cost of the purchase if the property doesn´t already have one.
Many rural properties have their water supplied by what is called an “Asada” or a water Co-op. Generally, they don’t have a water meter installed and charge a fixed amount per month for the water supply.
Change ownership on your water meter
Most buyers of real estate do not change the Costa Rica water meter in their name after the purchase. They keep it under the registered name, which might be a person who is long dead. It is even possible that the former owner (s) also did not bother to change it into their name. Changing the meter into your name means getting a new water meter and having to pay a new security deposit.
To be able to change the water bill into your own name, you need to have legal residency and a cédula (ID) number and the property must be in your name on the National Registry. As proof, you need a certification from the National Registry.
Check your water systems before the purchase of a property
Before you purchase the Costa Rica real estate, make sure your home inspector checks all the water systems and looks for leaks in faucets, bathtub and other places that can have leaks. If you don’t have a home inspector, ask your GoDutch agent to recommend one.
Take over the corporation and water meter when you purchase property
If you take over the existing corporation that owns the property in Costa Rica, it is easy to change the water meter over to the corporation’s name. Then, you do not need to have residency as the corporation (or S.A.) is a local entity. Then you can just give a special power of attorney to a person who does have residency.
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