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18.10.2013 13:03 Age: 8 yrs
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Political debate on water resources for arid areas. Candidates for Deputies, District 7 (Elqui).

A forum on water resources in arid areas was held by the candidates for deputies of District 7 (Elqui) on October 21st, 2013. "With the assistance of the candidates for deputies by District 7 (Elqui), Mr. Raúl Saldívar, Kenneth Romero and Ernesto Velasco, a forum whose main topic was water resources was organized by CAZALAC.

In the political debate, each applicant to Congress exposed their visions, which, in general, were coincident. When asked for promoting measures to adapt the Coquimbo Region towards a long term condition of lower water supply, which exceeds a drought as such, the candidates mentioned proposals such as the creation of an Institute of Water, implementing specific and localized actions addressing climate with a permanent legal figure and not a circumstantial one, relieving applied science and research and evaluating initiatives that appear in the Master Plan of water resources of the region.

When asked about the legislation applicable in the Water Code, the candidates emphasized that, in case of being elected, they will promote deep changes to it. Such changes would go from constitutional amendments to technical studies of reallocation of water resources based on the historic productive vocation of the region. It was noted that these changes would end speculation on water actions, enhance productivity, and giving the State a greater control over water scarcity, reiterating that the measures should be focused in a regional context. On the recent problem of contamination in drinking water, the candidates indicated that control regulations exist, but they are unknown or not applied by the authority. The Superintendence of Health Services should have more power of control, while at the same time there should be a stricter monitoring on the water sources.

Finally, candidates emphasized that they will promote actions involving research in water resources, since given the complexity of the case, the measures to be taken in the region must be plenty supported. In order to do that, it is necessary to enhance regional research funds. It will be necessary also in view of the candidates, to rescue information already generated and that is disseminated or archived without further analysis, as also to make efforts for a greater culture of water at the school level.

CAZALAC really appreciates the participation of the candidates and the general attendance, and promises the realization of a debate of ideas with those who are elected, in order to establish a common approach, consensual and informed to go in the direction of the water security of the Coquimbo region.



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