WFD implementation review could see tight restrictions, warns Water UK
The European Commission's forthcoming review concerning implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) could "be taken as an opportunity" to seek tighter restrictions on water quality without supporting evidence of the economic and social consequences of such decisions , Water UK has warned.
The commission is to carry out the review because of it is looking increasingly uncertain that any member state will be able to achieve good status in all water bodies by the 2015 deadline and significant use of exemptions and changes to other measures are required.
Water UK said that while protecting vulnerable ecosystems is vitally important, a balance needs to be struck between environmental costs and extra charges to water customers, particularly when measures proposed to protect the environment are not backed by comprehensive data.
Through the recent price review process in England and Wales, water companies have very detailed information about customers' priorities for the environment and, crucially, how much they are willing to pay.
Water UK said it will continue to engage with European policymakers on this issue.
● Water UK is urging that vital new drinking water standards are not set without robust evidence to demonstrate that they are necessary. The call comes as the European Commission is considering whether or not to carry out a full review of the Drinking Water Directive.
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