Shocking. According to this Eurostat report released yesterday, 42 per cent of homes in Romania do not have indoor plumbing: either flushing toilets or a bath/shower.
First off: are Eurostat’s figures correct?
Though the fact that grinding poverty persists in much of the Romanian countryside should come as a surprise to no one, this is an astonishingly high percentage of homes making do without basic sanitation. (The figure, by the way, is for 2009: it is to be hoped that things have improved since then).
Mains water and sewerage are basic human rights. An indoor, flushing toilet should not be a luxury. Dealing with this problem should be a Romanian national priority.
Maybe the government is already on the case? If anyone can tell us of nationwide initiatives to bring water to every home in the country we would be grateful.