Roadmap: Minimum Quality Requirements for Reused Water in the EU

The primary goal is to encourage efficient resource use and reduce pressures on the water environment, in particular water scarcity, by fostering the development of safe reuse of treated wastewater. To this end the initiative will look into the possibility of establishing a common approach on water reuse across the EU providing clarity, coherence and predictability to market operators who wish to invest in water reuse in the EU under comparable regulatory conditions. Additional objectives of the initiative would be to increase the recycling of nutrients contained in waste water when appropriate, and to contribute to growth and jobs creation in the EU by stimulating the development of innovative technologies and water infrastructure that will provide EU actors a first-mover advantage in this fast growing world market. The new initiative would complement the existing EU water policy, notably the Water Framework Directive and the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.


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