140 million Europeans without safe water and sanitation

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140 million people across Europe are without access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

That's according to Jean Rodriguez of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

He says most of these people are living in countries with economies in transition and have lower levels of access to water and sanitation compared with Western Europe.

Three categories of populations are the most affected.

"First are the people living in rural and remote areas. Second are the low income households because they cannot afford it. Third are the vulnerable and marginalized groups like refugees or the Roma."

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation is an essential human right, according to the UN.

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