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The European Union proposed Thursday giving millions of people in the 28-nation bloc better access to safe tap water and reduce water consumption via wasteful plastic bottles.
The legislation proposed by the European Commission, the EU executive, aims to make safe drinking water a citizen right in line with social rights adopted at a summit in Gothenburg, Sweden in November.
The commission was responding to a petition signed by 1.6 million people demanding better access to potable water, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said.
“Today we are therefore proposing to modernise our EU law, improving the quality of drinking water and increasing the access of citizens where it matters most,” Timmermans added in a statement.
He said around 23 million among Europe’s more than 500 million people are not connected to a public water supply.
The proposals call for member countries to improve access …