Water and sanitation are a human right!

Water is a public good, not a commodity. We invite the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations, and promoting the provision of water and sanitation as essential public services for all. The EU legislation should require governments to ensure and to provide all citizens with sufficient and clean drinking water and sanitation. We urge that:

  1. The EU institutions and Member States be obliged to ensure that all inhabitants enjoy the right to water and sanitation.
  2. Water supply and management of water resources not be subject to ‘internal market rules’ and that water services are excluded from liberalisation.
  3. The EU increases its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation.

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(25 March 2015) On the occasion of World Water Day (22 March) many events took place and many statements have been made.

22 March is World Water Day. The Netherlands have the best tap water in the world. It is healthy, environmentally friendly and accessible to everyone as it is in public hands.

Citizens coming from all over Europe, representing the nearly two million people that supported the first successful European Citizen’s Initiative for the Right to Water will remind the European Commission that they should work for their citizens, not for corporations.


(18 March 2015) 22 March is World Water Day. Still today, we are facing a global water crisis: One in nine people lack of access to clean, safe drinking water.