March 1st, 2019

IAWR position on the WFD Fitness Check

Following the EU consultation for a ‘Fitness Check’ of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the IAWR presented a position paper and forwarded it to the European Commission.

In summary: The core of the statement is the continuation of the Water Framework Directive beyond 2027, giving priority to the use of water resources for the abstraction of drinking water. The aim of the IAWR is to achieve a water quality that makes it possible to produce drinking water using natural purification processes. To achieve this, the protection of drinking water resources must be significantly improved and given the highest priority. To this end, various measures are identified to strengthen the prevention, minimisation/avoidance of pollution at the source. It also advocates a greater focus on substances relevant to the drinking water supply.