The Urban Waste Water Treatment (UWWT) Directive is one of the oldest pieces of EU legislation. Many Member States are still struggling to reach compliance with the 30-year-old directive, which has been undergoing a ‘refit’ evaluation. This includes a review of its effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, coherence and EU added value.
This LIFE platform meeting will seek to provide policymakers with feedback on several areas of significant importance for the directive’s restructuring. These are:
- circular economy of water and sludge;
- pollutants of emerging concern;
- urban run-off and storm water overflows; and
The two-day event is hosted by CETaqua (Water Technology Centre). It will include plenary sessions, thematic workshops, excursions and posters. For the excursions, participants can choose from visits to two CETAQUA projects, LIFE aWARE and LIFE WIRE, or to LIFE iBATHWATER.
The meeting will also provide opportunities for networking and proposing priorities for future LIFE projects.
The UWWT Directive requires all urban areas with the population equivalent of more than 2 000 to collect waste water and in most cases to conduct at least secondary biological treatment of their waste water. For those in sensitive areas, and with more than 10 000 population equivalents, more stringent than secondary treatment is required.
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