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Water re-use in Europe – have your say

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a variety of potential EU measures that would encourage the re-use of treated wastewater. Water re-use is not widespread practice throughout Europe. Re-using water can reduce the increasing problems of water scarcity and drought, while lowering the risk of contamination from wastewater and lowering treatment costs. Re-use of water also has a lower environmental impact than getting it from other sources such as inter-regional water transfers or desalination.

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The maximisation of water re-use is a particular objective of the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources which mentions the possibility of a regulation establishing common standards for water re-use. This is also a top priority area in the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership for Water. The consultation is open until 7th November 2014. The results of this consultation will form part of an Impact Assessment covering all key aspects of water re-use, including agricultural, urban, industrial, and recreational uses. In 2015, the Commission intends to present a formal proposal based on the evidence contained in the impact assessment.

To find out more about how you can participate in this Public Consultation please click here.

Access to clean and safe drinking water is essential for urban citizens. With water growing ever more precious cities must be proactive in their use of this resource. Water management is one of twelve environmental indicators assessed as part of the European Green Capital Award.