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The discussion about reforming the Water Code emerged on 2011 as a cross cutting initiative of all political parties in Chile. Changes in the economic development of the country and climate changes in the last decade created further challenges that could not be addressed with the current water regulations. Furthermore, Chile's need to equate its water legislation with other countries members of the OECD became evident. The proposed reform pretends to amend the Water Code, which has been in effect since 1981, in order to address the problem of lack of water resources in several basins. Thus, intensifying the public water regime and reinforcing the faculties of the Administration in the constitution and limitation of water rights.

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