Due to summer peaks, illegal discharges and bad functioning wastewater treatment plants (WWTP’s) tourists on several European coasts are swimming in raw sewage. Brown foam, bandages, condoms and toilet paper are washing upon the shores in different European Member States, causing health risks for holiday makers.
Not only countries in Asia and Africa are facing a lack of safe sanitation, also in Europe not every house has its private toilet. This appears from a report on the actual status of sanitation around the world of the international charity Wateraid presented at World Toilet Day (19 November).
The target for water in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) is not only covering drinking water and sanitation, but expands to the entire water cycle. It plays a key role in the world targets for 2030.
EU Member States have a duty to ensure free access to water is guaranteed for all. All suppliers should provide safe drinking water and improve sanitation. The European Parliament voted on the 8th of September on a report of Member of Parliament Lynn Boylan. The report was adopted with 363 votes in favour, 96 against and 261 abstentions.