EU-wide laws, projects and awareness-raising efforts are making a huge difference to how Europeans view water today. The seriousness of water-related problems is recognised. So is the need for better ways to manage water resources and the water environment. Heavy fines for polluters are supported. These measures and more are made possible by EU water policy.
Water – Facts
- We need about 50-100 litres of water a day for basic needs and health, but average use in Europe is around 200 litres a day.
- 44% of Europe’s fresh water is used in agriculture.
- Water scarcity affects at least 11%of the European population.
- 80% of marine litter comes from land-based sources.
Waste Water & Water Reuse Management
Strict EU and national laws, standards and best practices for the treatment, testing and reuse of waste-water; greater awareness of water-reuse opportunities, and of the cost (including energy) of treatment and supply.
Lakes and Rivers
Europe’s goal is to ensure our lakes and rivers achieve good ecological and chemical status. Ground waters are also protected.