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EC: water re-use in European Union is significantly below its potential

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEuropean Commission proposes new rules to make re-use of water for irrigation of agricultural land in member states easier and help farmers use water not meant for drinking in an optimal manner, as well as reduce water deficit, protect the environment and consumers.

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said that a relevant proposal from EC will provide farmers with an approach for sustainable water supply for their irrigation system. With that, consumers will know food products they consume are safe. There will also be new opportunities for business activities. The environment will benefit the most from this proposal and better water resource management.

EC proposal provides for minimal requirements needed for re-use of water from cleaning facilities, as well as monitoring of concentration of microbiological elements. Minimal requirements will ensure that water is safe to use for irrigation. It is also planned to ensure re-use of water is safe and more transparent. Society will be able to access information on water re-use practices in their home country on the internet.

EC notes that water re-use in the European Union is currently below its potential, even though influence on the environment and the energy needed to produce fresh water and transport it is much greater. One-third of EU’s land suffers from insufficient water supply all year round. Water deficit remains a major problem for many EU member states. Increased unpredictability of weather, as well as heavy periods of drought can seriously impact the quantity and quality of fresh water.

The goal of the new goals is finding more efficient ways of cleaning water and ensuring a trustworthy water supply alternative. By making water not used for drinking useful in a different way, it is planned to save economic and environmental costs associated with a new water supply system.

The goal of new regulations is reducing water shortage in all of EU, considering ongoing adaptation to climate change.


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