May. 04, 2009
Interviewee: Rafael Del Valle
Lawyer, Expert in water rights
1. Do you believe that the access to drinkable and safe water should be
one of the different government’s priorities around the world?
Drinkable water is one of the first human rights, more important than
freedom of press or even freedom of work, because we are talking about
health or right to live. Drinkable water will be the first priority if
you want quality of life, development or productivity.
2. Which are the countries you know for sure are in most need of safe
and drinkable water?
I think drinkable water is a problem of quantity and quality. Desert
countries, specially in Central Africa, have problems in both areas.
These countries also have strong rates of poverty, underdevelopment and
3. What would you say is the reality here in Chile?
Chile is clearly the best country in South America in drinkable water
item. That is possible thanks to the reality of its natural resources,
with many sources of clear water, and thanks to appropriate policies of
sanitary and public projects developed over the last 50 years or more.