“We will see how this evolves over the next weeks or months, but there’s no doubt that we will have a new regulatory framework.

And that is making some short-term investors to await these results to see which road to take,” Carlos Foxley, chairman of Chilean desalination association Acades, told BNamericas. He said two regulatory pushes are happening in parallel.

One in the constitutional convention, which drafts a new constitution, is focused on overall water management, while the second push comes from the senate and concerns a desalination bill submitted by the previous administration.