Protecting drinking water from farm pollutants

An EU-funded study is exploring agricultural practices and EU policies related to drinking water quality and the use of pesticides and nitrogen. Results will inform an integrated EU response to a major environmental and health challenge.

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Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


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Published: 29 May 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Agriculture & foodAgriculture
EnvironmentEcosystems, incl. land, inland waters, marine  |  Health & environment  |  Sustainable development
Research policyHorizon 2020
Science in societyGovernance
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Denmark  |  France  |  Germany  |  Greece  |  Italy  |  Netherlands  |  Norway  |  Portugal  |  Romania  |  Slovenia  |  United Kingdom
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Protecting drinking water from farm pollutants

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Safe drinking water is vital for human health. Pesticides and nutrient loading from agriculture pose a huge challenge to meeting EU drinking water quality targets and UN sustainability goals, including clean water and sanitation.

Pesticides and nitrate can infiltrate soils and groundwater and end up in the water we drink. The effects of pesticides on human health depend on the toxicity of the chemical and the extent of exposure.

The EU-funded FAIRWAY project is reviewing current approaches to protecting drinking water resources from pesticide and nitrate pollution. It aims to develop consistent policies and innovative practices for all Member States to enhance sustainable agriculture.

FAIRWAY’s consortium is deliberately made up of diverse researchers, farm advisers and consultancies. They are applying their expertise to 13 case studies in 11 different EU countries.

Scaling up for maximum impact

The cases range from surface and groundwater studies – testing for nitrate and pesticide levels along the Axios river in Greece – to groundwater-only studies of salt and nitrate loads on the Danish island of Tunø.

What are the main issues concerning EU drinking water regulations? What changes are needed to better protect waterways against nitrates and pesticides from EU agriculture? How can the EU-wide system be improved, and what sort of integrated scientific support for EU policy is needed to tackle these concerns?

The four-year project seeks to answer these questions, exploring how to better integrate scientific findings into coherent EU policies.

More data will lead to a better understanding of the social, technical and economic barriers to implementing proposed measures. This is key to ensuring wider uptake of the findings, according to the project team.

Successful practices resulting from the project case studies and workshops are expected to increase awareness and involvement among farmers, as well as those responsible for monitoring and managing water supplies.

Project details

  • Project acronym: FAIRWAY
  • Participants: the Netherlands (Coordinator), Denmark, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Romania
  • Project N°: 727984
  • Total costs: € 4 999 865
  • EU contribution: € 4 999 865
  • Duration: June 2017 to May 2021

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