Tap water for clean seas!

Today, World Water Day, the people of Thessaloniki who participated in EYATH’s informational activity in the center of the city and in Kalamaria reaffirmed their trust in tap water and their concern about the pollution of our seas by plastic packaging.

Citizens were given informative material on the double benefit of choosing running water – in terms of quality and protection of the marine environment – as well as reusable water bottles with the slogan of the day “The solution is in the tap. Clean water, clean seas”. In particular, the residents of Kalamaria also filled out a “green” questionnaire about their view towards environmental and water quality issues. All of them “left” with a note with the telephone numbers of the EYATH chemistry lab on it, which they can contact to check the quality characteristics of their tap water and now feel completely safe (it should be noted that the municipality of Kalamaria was found that, compared to other municipalities of the Urban Development Complex, makes more consumption of bottled water).

“Dysfunctions in the water cycle are a destabilizing factor in a range of global issues, from health and hunger to natural disasters and world peace. In 2015, UN members voted in favor of Sustainable Development Goal 6, which is a promise that everyone will have access to safe water and sanitation by 2030. Right now this goal has not been achieved, as hundreds of millions of people, schools, businesses, crops simply do not have the water and sanitation they need. Governments must run four times faster to catch up. At the same time, however, it is the responsibility of each of us, our family, our wider community to contribute in this direction. This is exactly what we are trying to do at EYATH: to show the way for drinking water from our tap, while at the same time taking care of the waters of our seas, since in this way we drastically reduce the use of plastic bottles. It is obviously a matter of sustainability, the survival of our planet”, points out the president of EYATH, Agis Papadopoulos.

“We are celebrating this year’s World Water Day at EYATH with a double message: our tap water in Thessaloniki is excellent, healthy, safe, with excellent physicochemical characteristics. But it is also…running and not packaged. So by choosing the tap, we drink water of excellent quality and protect our marine environment from plastics and microplastics, which, as our colleagues at ‘Aegean Rebreath’ have also found, abound in the Greek seas as well. So we reasonably claim that the solution is in the tap, clean seas clean coasts'”, notes the managing director of EYATH SA, Anthimos Amanatidis.

As he adds, “our concern for water is not strictly operational. We are moving forward with the establishment of the Water Institute that we have already announced. Next month, the study of the viability and financial feasibility of establishing and operating the institute will be completed. It has been preceded by a study of circular economy applications in the management of water resources and an investigation of the international experience regarding similar water institutes. At the same time, the road map has already been drawn up especially for the case of EYATH”. “We think of it as a self-financed think tank under the umbrella of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, which will cover water management issues based on Community directives and the European institutional framework. It will bring together universities, research centers, water management bodies such as DEYA and environmental organizations, while giving documented and responsible directions to the managers and users of the natural resource”, concludes Mr. Amanatidis.

“Marine pollution is an extremely important problem for the environment, society and the economy, which requires targeted interventions. In this context, we highlight the importance of using drinking water, in order to emphasize the need to minimize the use of plastics”, points out the president of “Aegean Rebreath”, Giorgos Sarelakos. “The problem we face, especially during the summer months, shows us that we must change our consumption habits and look for innovative practices. The time has come for citizens, central authorities and companies to participate in this effort effectively!”, he adds.

The theme of this year’s World Water Day celebration, as defined by the UN, is “Accelerating change”. This World Day is our chance to unite around water and accelerate progress together, as long as everyone does their part by taking direct action, the UN mention in today’s message.



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From the left, the general director of EYATH, N. Theodoridou, the managing director A. Amanatidis, Antigoni Kouteri, program coordinator of “Aegean Rebreath” and A. Papadopoulos, president of EYATH, with the company’s partner for the informational activity.


The stand on the pedestrian street of Kalamaria


The action on the pedestrian street of Agia Sophia