Register with Bluefield for immediate, free access
to water market data and analysis.

Chile Water Utilities Power Toward Efficiency

26 September 2016
Research Note

On 5 September 2016, Chile’s water and sanitation regulator, SISS, announced a five-year freeze on water tariffs for Aguas del Valle, ESSBÍO, ESSAL, and Aguas Nuevosur, which jointly serve 1.45 million customers. SISS cites falling electricity prices as the key factor enabling the new tariff freeze.

Following the February 2010 earthquake near central Chile that damaged water networks, tariffs increased a cumulative 24% between 2010 and 2015 to fund water infrastructure rehabilitation. At the same time, the regulator is seeking to improve investment levels based on utilities’ low network replacement rates.

In this Research Note, Bluefield water experts analyze the implications of this tariff freeze, evaluating the impact on water infrastructure investment and non-revenue water.


  • Power cost decline, lower CAPEX commitments spell relief for Chilean water utilities.
  • Supply cuts, network replacement key concern for 2016-2020 investment.
  • Bringing down non-revenue water remains a challenging task.

Companies Mentioned

// // // // //

More Research


This Research Note is only available to insight service clients. Interested in becoming a client?

Learn more about our services »

Contact us »

Share with colleagues

Seems like everyone in the water industry is talking about #PFAS these days. States are getting involved: New Jersey and New Hampshire take a leading role on enforcement (New Research Note)… #WaterQuality #drinkingwater

Annual WaterReuse Conference
Sept 8-11 / San Diego, CA

September 21-25 / Chicago, IL

11 Jun 2019 Bluefield Breakfast Briefing 2019: The Future of Water

11 Jun 2019 Report: Intelligent Water could save U.S. water utilities $17.6 billion by 2027