Europe needs more circular, transparent and measurable rules for drinking water
Brussels, 29th of May 2018 – Never before so many EU-citizens have had access to safe drinking water. Nevertheless, after 20 years in effect, the Drinking Water Directive needs to be revised so it is fit for purpose on the road to achieving the 2030 Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals. However, European green-tech associations representing the environmental and/or water technology sectors ask the European Commission and the European Parliament to broaden the directive to include resource efficiency aspects such water and energy efficiency. Frank Buijs, on behalf of ENVAQUA (one of the petitioning associations): “It should be clear that securing the drinking water resource base is a prerequisite to obtain better access to affordable drinking water.”
In their joint position paper, the green tech associations further request full transparency on water leakage and energy performance by 2020 and application of reduction schemes by 2025. Last, the paper outlines how to improve incentives for risk-based monitoring systems for assessment of contamination. The signatory associations have invited fellow European technology associations and other stakeholders with mutual interests to join their position paper before the 13th of June.
The joint position can be found via this link. European technology associations and other stakeholders with mutual interests can join this position by uploading their consent and logo to firstname.lastname@example.org.