The initiative, which began in 2009, has benefited 58,000 students from 56 public educational centers throughout the country and has allowed the saving of more than 325 million liters of water, indicated the Coca-Cola company and the state-run Costa Rican Aqueduct Institute. and Alcantarillados (AyA) in a press release.
The objective of the program, run by Coca-Cola and AyA, is to improve the infrastructure of public educational centers, as well as train students on the rational use of water.
"In this way we are sowing the seeds in the most fertile population, children, thus promoting a new culture of the value of water in our country," AyA executive president Yamileth Astorga said in the bulletin.
"Vigilantes del Agua" is made up of three phases: identification of opportunities to save water in educational centers, adaptation of facilities to maximize their use, and training for children.
Collaboration in schools includes complete pipe change, installation of efficient faucet systems such as timer devices and low water consumption toilets.
In addition, in some educational centers, drinking water storage systems have been installed that allow the continuity of the lessons in case of lack of liquid.
"This type of program responds to our interest that every day more students in the country learn to use water correctly, a habit that we hope will last throughout their lives and multiply in their families," the Corporate Affairs manager said in the statement. of Coca-Cola FEMSA for Central America, Catherine Reuben.
During 2014, the "Vigilantes de Agua" program will train nearly 3,000 students from 120 educational centers from all over the country.