STRENGTHENING AND PROMOTING WATER EFFICIENCY IN CHILE
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS OF CHILE and MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
By December 2025, the Water Efficiency Law will have been reviewed in both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.
The Government (Ministries of Public Works, Environment and Agriculture) introduced this bill on September 1, 2022, which was approved in general and in particular by the Senate Water Resources Committee (29.12.2022). It is currently being reviewed by the Finance Committee and is expected to be sent to the Chamber of Deputies before July 2023.
Among the characteristics of this Law, the following stand out: a) It encourages water efficiency in the public sector and in productive sectors, b) It has rules for promotion, education and incentives, including competitive funds, c) It mandates that in all public agencies (central, regional and communal level) Management Units responsible for developing and implementing a Water Efficiency Action Plan in their facilities are constituted, d) Regulates the creation and monitoring of Indicators (and certification) of water efficiency, e) Establishes standards for the protection of watercourses and streams, enabling the recharge of aquifers, f) Establishes obligations to use rainwater in the construction of facilities and non-residential buildings with an area equal to or greater than 5,000 m2 , g) Regulates the use of rainwater in the construction of facilities and non-residential buildings with an area equal to or greater than 5. 000 m2 , g) Regulates the participatory preparation, implementation and monitoring of a National Water Efficiency Plan, and h) Contains a set of legal adjustments to Law 19,300 on the Environment and Law 18,838 on the National Television Council to enable lower-cost broadcasting campaigns.
Legislative urgency will be given to the Water Efficiency Law, which is a power of the President of the Republic, for which reason a maximum term is established to be dispatched by the Chamber of Deputies and Senators, with which the approval of said law is prioritized in the discussion table.
Increase the efficient use of water at different levels of society, installing permanent practices in the public and private sector in relation to water use.
Civil society, public and private organizations
SDGS & Targets
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services
By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated
Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
Change in water-use efficiency over time
Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources
By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
Degree of integrated water resources management
Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation
Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time
Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan
Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management
SDG 14 targets covered
Deliverables & Timeline
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