Romania to ban tap water in ‘unnecessary and dangerous’ areas

Bucharest — Romania will ban tap drinking water in the “unnecessary areas,” including in “dangerous areas,” and will impose a ban on the use of chlorinated tap water sources in public places, a decree issued Thursday by the country’s President Klaus Iohannis says.

The decree, which is being made public Friday, also says that the use or distribution of chlorine-treated tap water is prohibited.

The measures will go into effect from July 1, 2020.

The decree says the use and distribution of chlorination is not permissible because chlorine-based disinfectants can lead to a rise in the level of harmful bacteria, which in turn can be harmful to people’s health and the environment.

The Ministry of Health says the proposed restrictions will apply to water and wastewater treatment plants as well as municipal buildings.

Iohannis’ decree came as part of a wider crackdown on the “cancer epidemic” in Romania, which he blames on corruption, a lack of jobs, and widespread lack of medical care.

Iohanas own popularity ratings are below 40 percent in the latest polls.

He is expected to seek a third term in 2019.