On July 31, the plenary of the National Assembly acquiesced to the Organic Law on Water Resources, which states that the Single Water Authority will be responsible for the steering role and management.
Silvia Villacís, Coordinator of Planning and Management of the National Water Secretariat (Senagua), explained that in the new model the responsibility of regulating the sector will be distributed among three bodies.
These are the Senagua, the Public Water Company and the Agency for the Regulation and Control of Water (ARCA for its Spanish acronym).
Villacis explained that the Senagua will take care of the ‘megaprojects’ plannings, programs and water projects.
The Public Water Company will be the entity that will execute such works “because in many instances various provinces are contemplated and a specialized administration is required,” Villacis said.
The ARCA shall, as part of its duties, regulate and control the application of technical criteria for setting the rates in water-related services.