Drought-Stressed Chile Is Reining In Its Privatized Water ModelBy and
Senators approve changes to water code in a unanimous vote
Bill includes use-it-or-lose-it rules for water entitlements
Chilean senators approved a decade-old bill to reform the country’s water code, including setting horizons on entitlements and enshrining access as a human right.
In a unanimous vote late Tuesday, lawmakers pushed through a package of changes that include capping currently unlimited water rights at a maximum of 30 years and empowering regulators to suspend rights that aren’t being used or if supplies are at risk. Agriculture accounts for most water consumption in Chile, which is a major exporter of fruit and wine as well as copper and lithium.