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European Parliament aims for reduction leakage rates water suppliers

Monitoring leakage rates will most likely be part of the new Drinking Water Directive. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Monitoring leakage rates and energy performance of water suppliers was discussed during a debate on the revision of the Drinking Water Directive of the Environment-committee (ENVI) on the 10th of September in Strasbourg. The committee voted against...
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European Parliament calls for ban on micro-plastics

European Parliament calls for ban on micro-plastics. Photo: European Parliament, YouTube.

Intentionally added micro-plastics in cosmetics, personal care products, detergents and cleaning products should be forbidden by 2020. The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety wants to ban micro-plastics as soon as possible. During a plenary meeting on Thursday 13 September the...
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European Commission urged to act upon pharmaceutical discharges

The Musi river is polluted with antibiotics that are produced for the European market in Hyderabad in India. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Investors, water companies and NGO’s wrote an urgent letter to president Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission in the beginning of July. They are worried about spreading resistant bacteria in the water environment and are...
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Brussels proposes guidelines for wastewater reuse for irrigation

According to the new proposal treated wastewater can be used for irrigation. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. New rules to safely start using reclaimed water in agriculture. European Commissioner Karmenu Vella of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries presented a proposal for regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse on the 28th of May. The objective is to stimulate...
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