Marseille: clean water for everyone
As the World Water Day was marked this yea, the City of Marseille wishes to raise awareness of the situation of people who still live without access to clean water.
In France, according to UN figures, 1.4 million people still do not have access to clean water and 7.5 million people do not have adequate sanitation facilities.
In Marseille, the situation is particularly critical for one part of the population – homeless and those living in squats and in substandard housing.
The number of fountains and public toilets is very insufficient (less than 200 fountains, less than 25 public toilets throughout the city).
The City of Marseille has therefore signed the “Manifest’eau“, a nationwide manifesto carried out by a few associations (Red Cross, Action contre la Faim, Médecins du Monde, etc.) and thus has joined several large cities in France which are committed to their right of drinking water and sanitation for all.
The City of Marseille – within the framework of its competences – is acting with the forthcoming creation of a hygiene and health pole in order to guarantee access to water and hygiene to all. The municipality will make the showers and toilets of the Ruffi gymnasium (94 rue de Ruffi – 3rd) available to the most disadvantaged, from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Furthermore, the City wants to ensure an affordable cost for water and sanitation. To preserve biodiversity and fight against all types of pollution, Marseille wishes to implement an ambitious water conservation policy, which must be considered a central element in all urban development.
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