Upon his return to the country, the president considered the situation in that southern city of the country very serious and described the situation as ‘unacceptable’, even more so after a new interruption of the water supply by the private company Essal.
The day before that entity announced in the morning the replacement of the service, after six days of total cut, to 99 percent of the population, but at noon paralyzed the pumping again blaming the population for an ‘overconsumption’ and until this early morning He had not restarted the supply yet.
Piñera himself had attended the early morning restart of the Essal operations, before traveling to the city of Santa Fe in Argentina, and said that the problem was already solved and that the water was suitable for consumption.
But this was not the case, because not only did the liquid fail after a few hours, but many neighbors complained that it was cloudy or with a blue color, and the health authorities recommended not using it for human consumption until analysis was done. deeper.
Last night, Piñera announced the cancellation of his trip to the United States and that ‘the Superintendence of Sanitary Services will apply all the fines with the greater rigor that the law establishes, that allows fines of up to 600 million pesos for each committed offense, and here many mistakes may have been committed. ‘
He also noted that a ‘thorough review’ of the methods, procedures and facilities of all companies that provide drinking water to the cities of Chile will be made to ensure that the Osorno crisis does not happen again.
As reported Thursday El Mercurio newspaper, a total of 20 companies control the water supply in the country, all private and most foreign capital.
The problem in Osorno exploded when, due to an operator error, more than one thousand liters of oil were poured into the conductors of a water purification plant, which forced the supply to be cut, initially for 24 hours, which became six days, and the government had to decree a health emergency.