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Water, a universal right


L'water becomes a common good also in Europe, access towater it's a universal law and fundamental, to state this is a resolution non-legislative approved by the European Parliament. The text approved by the European Commission represents the contribution of the Parliament a safeguard water resources. The text will be published in November and offers excellent ideas:

  • a pricing of water services more transparent
  • better management of waste water
  • the introduction of blue flags also for lakes and rivers
  • conditions on water saving for agricultural subsidies
  • conditions on water saving for subsidies to the sector ofpower

An excellent novelty could be the introduction of blue flags for rivers and lakes. The blue flags, are currently used to report the water quality of the beaches, this initiative will be extended to all bathing sites, including lakes and rivers. This will trigger a greater interest on the part of the regions and bodies for tourism and greater protection of environmental water resources.

According to EU deputies, 20% of water resources it is lost due to inefficiency. This is why we need to put pressure on reduction of water consumption, not only by the community (individuals, organizations, companies…) but also directly on the conditions of the European water network. A more thorny point is dictated by the transparency on the pricing of water services.

Water is a universal right but even here the phrase "who uses pays"And introduce the principles of"the polluter pays". The resolution calls on national governments to use the tariff system to introduce the "polluter pays" and "user pays" principles. In this regard, social problems must necessarily be taken into account in determining the tariffs for water.

Video: Heidi Hutner: Clean Water Is A Human Right, Not A Private Commodity. Think. NBC News (October 2020).