The green opposition LMP demands that the government should increase support available to local councils for the purpose of securing drinking water, the party’s deputy group leader said on Tuesday. At present the right of access to healthy, clean water is not guaranteed nationwide, Márta Demeter told a press conference. The quality of drinking water keeps deteriorating as the water supply network has become outdated, she said. LMP believes the situation could be improved by cancelling public utility taxes payable by local councils and increasing allocations for maintenance support which have been unchanged for years, Demeter said.
Group leader László Lóránt Keresztes said more than 100,000 people in Hungary have no access to healthy drinking water. The situation is likely to worsen in the medium term because the entire system is on the verge of collapse, he added. With twice as many faults reported today than in 2012, a quarter of drinking water is going to waste, he said.