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How is water used in Belgium?

Small in size, densely populated and very urbanized, Belgium is a country with a high level of water usage that impacts on the water supplies of other countries when water used to produce imported goods is taken into account. This short article takes a look at how much water Belgium consumes compared to other nations, where that water goes and what can be done to reduce water use in Belgium.

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The water inequalities that still persist

Today is the World Day of Social Justice, where the ongoing need to tackle poverty, inequality and exclusion is recognized. Global inequalities regarding access to clean water supplies is something that doesn’t always receive the same coverage as other inequalities but they still persist. Universal access to clean water and sanitation is number 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030. In this article, we take a brief look at the challenges to overcome.

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Where does our drinking water come from?

In Belgium, every water that flows through our pipes and from our tap is also potable water. Even the water with which you flush the toilet can be drunk. That water is derived from groundwater or surface water, but undergoes a whole process before it flows drinkably through our pipes. The collective name of the water from which drinking water is extracted is called ‘raw water’. Not all the water consumed in Flanders comes from our own water extraction. The Netherlands, France and Wallonia are among the suppliers for a share of the water production for Flanders.

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