Background: De-privatization of water, the great promise to constituents in Chile’s new constitution

It is estimated that 80% of Chile's water resources belong to private owners, mostly agricultural, mining and energy companies.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rosalba Quiróz, a descendant of a family of small cattle ranchers in Petorca, a rural town in central Chile, lives in her small house on the banks of a dry riverbed. When she turns on the faucet, hardly any water comes out, and counting the time she spends in the shower became an imperative several years ago.

This scenario is increasingly frequent in the country, where thousands of homes do not have running water, allegedly due to the privatization of the resource, an issue that has emerged with the constituent elections of May 15 and . . .

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