Minimum requirements for water reuse

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On 28 May 2018, the Commission put forward a legislative proposal seeking to incentivise the reuse of treated waste water (also called 'reclaimed water'), while ensuring a high level of protection of health and the environment. The proposal aims to contribute to alleviating water scarcity in the EU by increasing water reuse, which remains below its potential. To do so, the proposal seeks to ensure that reclaimed water is safe for its intended use.

The proposed type of legal instrument (a regulation) is intended to stimulate market uptake, as it would be directly applicable to businesses, and to come into force faster than an amendment to the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive. The proposal would apply solely to water reused for agricultural irrigation. The Commission notes in this regard that agricultural irrigation has the highest potential for an increased uptake of water reuse.

On 12 February 2019, Parliament adopted its position at first reading. Council reached agreement on its general approach on 26 June 2019. On 2 December 2019, Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement on the legislative proposal in inter-institutional negotiations.

Rapporteur: Simona BONAFÈ (S&D)

Shadows: EPP: Pernille WEISS (EPP), Jan HUITEMA (RE), Grace O'SULLIVAN (Greens/EFSA), Sylvia LIMMER (ID), Pietro FIOCCHI (ECR), Idoia VILLANUEVA RUIZ (GUE/NGL)