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Abstract

In the framework of a sustainable use of water resources to ensure safe water supply and sanitation protective of human health and the environment, the European Union is conducting an extensive range of essentially legislative measures in order to guarantee a shrewd management of water quality and quantity in Europe. Early European water legislation began, in a "first wave", in 1975 and culminated in 2000 with the coming into force of the Water Framework Directive, that represents the decisive step in modernising water management by bringing together the fragmented water-related environmental legislation in order to enhance a coherent implementation.

This report provides an overview of the whole European water-related legislation and focuses extensively on its microbiological aspects. The microbiological parameters to be analysed according to the legislation, the methods suggested and the frequencies of sampling requested are summarised for each directive, so that a comprehensive outlook of the microbiology dimension in EU water directives is presented.

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Authors: BERNASCONI C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Inland and Marine Waters Unit, Ispra (IT);DAVERIO E, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Inland and Marine Waters Unit, Ispra (IT);GHIANI M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Inland and Marine Waters Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20787 EN (2003), 43pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu
Record Number: 200316691 / Last updated on: 2003-09-04
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en