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Privatized Water Is in Cross-Hairs of Chile Constitution Writers

  • Proposal would enshrine water, sanitation as inalienable right
  • Draft of new constitution to be presented to president in July
There's Not Enough Water In Chile To Support The Population
Photographer: Tamara Merino/Bloomberg

Chile has taken another major step toward enshrining water as a human right as depleting supplies increase scrutiny of one of the world’s most privatized systems of allocations.

Last week, members of an assembly elected to write a new constitution presented a proposal to make access to water and sanitation a fundamental right, said Jaime Bassa, vice president of the 155-person Constituent Convention.