The advantages of having a better drinking water source can only be fully experienced if there is also improved sanitation and adherence to basic hygiene practices available. Aside from the immediate, apparent benefits of being hydrated and healthier, WASH has far-reaching socio-economic consequences.

WASH's central significance in public health, and hence in the future of sustainable development, is reflected in the fact that it is the topic of explicit targets within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6). Indeed, as the United Nations General Assembly affirmed in 2010, access to safe water and sanitation are human rights.

The Czech Republic has always had clean water and good sanitation, allowing the country to foster sustainable communities and demonstrate strong economic growth. Statistics from 2017 show that 98% of the Czech Republic's population has regulated access to clean water. Thus, it is no wonder that the Czech Republic is considered one of the most developed countries in the world.

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The Sustainable Development Goals Explained: Clean Water and Sanitation

National Institute of Public Health

The Czech National Institute of Public Health is a public health institution focusing on hygiene, epidemiology, microbiology as well as occupational medicine. Among its most important tasks are health promotion and protection, disease prevention, and monitoring the impact of the environment on the health of the population.

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Czech Republic Fact Sheet

In the areas of water supply, sanitation and flood protection, the European Commission and the OECD are jointly examining the investment requirements and budgetary capacities of the 28 EU countries. In the Czech Republic, everyone has controlled access to drinking water but only about 20 % of natural water bodies meet the standard of "good ecological quality" or better set by the EU Water Framework Directive.

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Czech Republic Development Cooperation

Development cooperation is an important part of Czech foreign policy. Among other development projects, the Czech government finances installations in the field of water supply, sanitation and hygiene in the countries of the global south, for example in Cambodia.

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