European Water Charter, 1968
Already on 6 May 1968 in Strasbourg the Council of Europe announced in the European Water Charter:
“The supply of good water is not inexhaustible, so it is becoming more and more urgent to conserve it, use it sparingly, and increase it wherever possible. Everyone has a duty to conserve water sparingly and with great care for the common good use.”
Principles of the European Water Charter
- Without water, there is no life. Water is a precious, indispensable for man.
- The stocks of good water are not inexhaustible. Therefore, it is becoming ever more urgent to preserve them, to use them sparingly, and to multiply wherever possible.
- Polluting water means harming humans and all other creatures.
- The quality of the water must meet the requirements of public health and ensure its intended use.
- Used water has to be returned to the waters in a state that does not affect their continued use for public or private use.
- For the preservation of the water resources the plant cover plays, in particular the forest, an essential role.
- The water resources must be recorded in their inventory.
- The necessary orders of the water industry require the supervision by competent authorities.
- The protection of water requires increased scientific research, education of professionals and education of the public.
- Every human being has the responsibility to use water sparingly and with care for the common good.
- Water management planning should be based less on administrative and political boundaries than on the natural watersheds.
- The water knows no state borders, so international co-operation is a necessity.
Source: Tümmers, H. J.: Der Rhein – ein europäischer Fluss und seine Geschichte. Beck: München. 1994. S. 399/400
Author: Thomas Uhlendahl
Translation of the text – Steffen A. Pfeiffer