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World Water Day: CWS Looks at Moldova

World Water Day: Conference examines Moldova water supply issues

23.03.2011 | WNF.org, Leslie Crosson



World Water Day: Conference examines Moldova water supply issues

CHISINAU, MOLDOVA, March 22, 2011--Church World Service is joining today's global recognition of World Water Day with co-sponsorship of a major conference today in Chisinau, Moldova.

Implementation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in Moldova, which will focus on the international Protocol on Water and Health. "Access to clean water is one of the main problems facing the Moldovan population," says Dr. Vitali Vorona, CWS regional representative for Europe, who will present on CWS work at the conference. Moldova's water supply and sewerage systems have degraded to the point that "up to 45 percent of the population uses drinking water that does not comply with sanitary standards," according to Vorona.

The Protocol on Water and Health  which took effect in 2005, is the first international agreement of its kind adopted specifically to attain adequate safe drinking water and sanitation for everyone in the European region. It is the first legally binding, multilateral agreement in the region linking sustainable water management and health protection.

With consumption of contaminated water recognized as a major cause of disease and death in Moldova, especially for young children, sustainable management of the country's water resources is a key issue. Church World Service implements water and sanitation projects in Moldova in cooperation with Women in Europe for the Common Future (WECF), the East Foundation and local partners.

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