New book: La mise en œuvre du droit à l’eau, by Henri Smets, Editions Johanet, Paris, 2011

This book describes the actions that have been taken in Paris with regard to water pricing in order to implement the principle ‘right to water and sanitation for everybody’. In brief, it has been decided that (a) household expenses for water and sanitation must be limited to 3% of the entire household budget; (b) water prices must be controlled; (c) ‘water correspondents’ will intervene in all cases in which access to water is at stake. In 2009 it was decided to introduce a system of water subsidies and to strengthen the system of public fountains and toilets. The book may be ordered at