New RIWA-Rijn publication: ‘Our Rhine water’

This latest RIWA-Rijn magazine ‘Our Rhine water’ is a special edition on the occasion of the Rhine Ministers conference on 13 Februari 2020 in Amsterdam. In this magazine, we want to inform you about recent developments which are important for drinking water companies which use the Rhine as a source for the production of drinking water.

The drinking water companies explain the importance of the Rhine, we present our partners, our purification treatment effort index and the chain approach to pharmaceutical residues in water.  Finally, we provide an overview of river-relevant topics and activities from the past year.

“We invite our politicians to provide more support to drinking water issues in international consultations, particularly to raise awareness and emphasise the importance of clean rivers. Because the Rhine needs to be cleaner. Let’s accept the challenge and make concrete agreements to improve the water quality of the Rhine.”

The magazine can be found here.

New RIWA-Rijn report: is the level of purification treatment decreasing?

We have published a new report: ‘Removal requirement and purification effort for the Dutch Rhine water from 2000-2018’

Water Framework Directive (WFD) Article 7.3 states: “Member States shall ensure the necessary protection for the bodies of water identified with the aim of avoiding deterioration in their quality in order to reduce the level of purification treatment required in the production of drinking water.”

In this report we examined whether the required level of purification treatment for  Rhine water has decreased since the implementation of the WFD.

Our calculations show that the measures taken to achieve the objectives of the WFD have not led to an improvement of the water quality of the Rhine with regard to the purpose of drinking water production.

Click here for more information and to download the report.