A new dawn for desalination in Chile

Water scarcity and industrial development are pushing desalination up the agenda in Chile. The mining sector is spearheading a wave of new projects in the north.

On 18 November, Cochilco, the Chilean copper commission, presented findings from a report entitled: “Consumption of water in the Chilean mining industry: actual situation and projections”. Water scarcity is a serious constraint to the Chilean mining sector and the economy as a whole, given that mining accounts for around a fifth of Chile’s GDP.

The report concludes that, after...

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