Roundup: Region V water scarcity, environment ministry, Aguas Antofagasta

- Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Roundup: Region V water scarcity, environment ministry, Aguas Antofagasta

Chilean lawmaker Eduardo Cerda of opposition party DC has called for the government to intervene the Aconcagua river in central region V to ensure equal water distribution in the face of an ongoing drought in provinces Quillota and Petorca.

Cerda made the official request with the region's governor, Raúl Celis, noting the urgent need of water for drinking and irrigation, according to a press release from the lower house.

The lawmaker also asked the governor to allocate the necessary funding to the region's waterworks division (DOH) to begin exploration and drilling for new wells, as well as channeling and cleaning the Petorca river as a way to increase the water supply.

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Colombia's newly appointed environment and sustainable development minister, Frank Pearl, took office Tuesday, together with housing minister Beatriz Uribe, according to a press release from the presidential office.

Housing and the environment were previously dealt with by a single ministry, MAVDT.

President Juan Manuel Santos made the appointments during a cabinet reshuffle that took place earlier this month.

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Chile's northern region II water utility Aguas de Antofagasta has filed a civil lawsuit against the region's sanitation services concessionaire Econssa on grounds of breaching a contract, the former said in a filing with securities and insurance regulator SVS.

Aguas de Antofagasta is asking for a Santiago-based court to declare that Econssa failed to comply with a 2003 interconnection contract between both parties.