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Brussels holds its nose on sewage water pollution problem

BY ANTONIA ZIMMERMANN

 

The city is ‘exceptionally bad’ at preventing sewage from polluting its waterways.

This article is part of POLITICO’s Global Policy Lab: Living Cities, a collaborative journalism project exploring the future of cities. Chapter 3 of the project is presented by Holcim.

Brussels holds its nose on sewage water pollution problem

Its jokey approach is part of a campaign to tackle one of the major causes of water pollution: sewage overflows.

Like most European cities, Brussels collects rainwater and wastewater in a single system, meaning that days of heavy rain can cause the system to overflow and get discharged into waterways, including the canal.

 

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