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Few European Union (EU) member states have comprehensive standards and regulations for wastewater reuse. This is a potential source of distortions in the internal market. A lack of recognized European standards may create difficulties for marketing fruit and vegetable across Europe and for importing them from third countries (justified sanitary concerns or disguised protectionism).
No regulation of wastewater reuse exists at European level in spite of the statement in article 12 of the Wastewater Directive (91/271/EEC). In order to make this statement reality, a common European definition of what is appropriate is needed. There is a definite benefit to obtain from EU wide guidelines on wastewater reuse and an opportunity is now open to fill the regulatory gap: the European Commission is currently drafting a new framework directive encompassing all the existing European regulations dealing with water in order to provide a regulatory approach compatible with the concept of integrated pollution prevention and control.

Additional information

Authors: BONTOUX L, CCR Institut de Prospective Technologique, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Beneficial reuse of water and solids, Speciality Conference, Marbella (ES), April 7-9, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as paper EN 40360 ORA
Record Number: 199711076 / Last updated on: 1997-09-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en