European Parliament Adopts New Rules for Urban Wastewater
The European Parliament has adopted new rules for the collection, treatment and discharge of urban wastewater to better protect the environment and human health.
With the new rules, they want to increase the reuse of treated urban wastewater to prevent water scarcity, better monitor chemical pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistance, and ensure producers of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics pay for additional treatment for micro-pollutants. The members of Parliament agreed on the use of treated wastewater from urban wastewater treatment plants more widely, such as in cooling systems and industrial processes. They also encouraged all EU countries to set up individual water reuse plans.
The new adopted report includes stricter requirements for monitoring wastewater for the presence of chemical pollutants, including the so-called “forever chemicals” (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS), microplastics, pathogens (such as viruses and bacteria) and antimicrobial resistance.
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