What access to water and hygiene for the homeless?

Access to water and sanitation may seem easy to the majority of the population in a country like France. However, for non-sedentary people, difficulties to access these essential services are real. Homeless people, refugees, people living in informal settlements ... in total, several hundred thousand people are not connected to the water or sanitation network with major consequences in terms of public health and salubrity, but also in terms of inclusion and dignity for those concerned.

The Académie de l'Eau has teamed up with 4 students from Science Po Paris to organize a conference entitled "What right to water and sanitation for non-sedentary populations?", held on May 22, 2019 at the Pavillon de l'Eau. 2EI Veolia contributed upstream of this event to the study conducted by the students of Science Po Paris, testifying its first feedback on the subject of access to water and hygiene for people not connected to the network.
During the conference, 2EI also took part alongside "Toilettes du Monde" and "Mobil'Douche" on a round table on the theme "From speech to concrete: how to develop and equip the urban territory to ensure access to water and sanitation for people not connected to the network? " The discussions focused as much on the relevant technical facilities to meet the needs of non-sedentary populations as on the financial, political and legal levers needed to respond to this issue. The debate lead to a consensus on the reality of the challenge of water and sanitation access for people without a stable home, but also pointed out the existence of a variety of solutions and existing initiatives addressing this issue. A number of these initiatives have been identified through the Pop Up by Veolia program, with the aim of developing collaborations between Veolia and these initiatives.

Faced with the scale of the challenge, 2EI therefore asserts its willingness to offer relevant solutions to local authorities and to those in charge of urban projects, co-built with local social stakeholders.