The document discusses the profile of the organizations that manage rural potable water in Chile. The main functions of these organizations are to obtain, to distribute, and to administer the potable water rural in the rural community. Their members are the homeowners in the community and they participate, with right to vote, in the meetings of these organizations. The document discusses the results of two studies carried out among members of these organizations in the Elqui Basin. The studies emphasize problems related to internal control and planning, and make several proposals on how to deal with them.