In Chile, a Private Solution for a Public Good
Jan 20, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
On paper, Chile can easily be considered a water-rich nation. The thin strip of land stretching along South America's western coast boasts over 50,000 cubic meters (13 million gallons) of water per person per year. But looks can be deceiving. Much of that water rests in the country's southernmost tip in the sparsely populated Patagonia region, far from most major Chilean cities. Transporting it north, where the bulk of the country's population and mining industry reside, isn't economically feasible. As Chilean citizens and companies vie for the scant water supplies left in the arid northern region, Santiago will struggle to balance the competing demands of the public and private sector, hamstrung by its own financial and regulatory constraints in the face of growing unrest.