Thousands of people of Osorno and Puerto Octay suffered with the interruption of drinking water supply, following problems with distribution in the months of July and September last.
In the first case there was a suspension of 10 days, after an operator forgot to close a key that filled with oil the pond of an engine of the Caipulli plant, while in the second it reached 20 days, due to the contamination -intentional- of the e tanks with thinner.
As a result of these situations, Mr Harry Jorgensen (RN) introduced a bill requiring companies engaged in the distribution of drinking water to have security, protection and ongoing surveillance in their treatment plants.
“We must first be very clear that drinking water is a critical public service and the precariousness with which many plants operate across the country has become clear. Within this precariousness one of the most important points to address is surveillance or security systems. There are many plants that do not have adequate perimeter closure,” said PARLIAMENT MP RN for the 25th arrondissement.
The idea he explained is “to prevent the action of third parties either voluntarily or unintentionally that it can disrupt a basic public service as essential and fundamental as drinking water”.
“We must prevent – even – drinking water-producing plants from becoming a target of attacks,” he said.
In this regard, in this regard, Mr J.J. explained that, in his view, “if the Caipulli plant in Osorno had an adequate and permanent surveillance system, it is very likely that the security guard in charge had realized what was happening and the co ntifyation of the plant with oil could have been avoided.”
In his project, lawmaker RN recalled that many plants are located in easily accessible locations, “for example through rivers from which water is extracted to be watered or because they are left in a secluded or uncrowded and unattended place.”
In this regard, finally, the parliamentarian stated that “in the city of Puerto Octay in the Province of Osorno, if there had been a surveillance system it is likely that the contamination of the network would not have occurred”.