Life required clean water and only improving the quality of waterbodies, rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwater, is possible to achieve these results. We need to do this as only 36% of our water-bodies in Europe are currently classified as being of ‘good status’ under new standards set down by the EU Water Framework Directive. Improving water quality in our rivers, streams and other water-bodies has many benefits. These include: safeguarding jobs and businesses which rely on good quality water-bodies, making natural habitats better for wildlife
AZU Water plans action for better water, working with partners across the Europe to plan for better water quality and protect sensitive local areas such as bathing waters.
AZU Water believe in managing catchments: a catchment is the area from which rainfall flows into a river, lake or other water-body. We work with local partners to make sure catchments are managed economically and efficiently.
AZU Water promote the reducing agricultural pollution: pollution from farms affects rivers and other water-bodies. We’re working with farmers to reduce this agricultural pollution.
AZU Water is interested in controlling urban pollution: water in towns and cities can be polluted from a number of sources. It can be difficult to know where pollution is coming from. We’re working closely with the Environment Agency to understand urban pollution better.
We and ours partners are monitoring and reducing chemical pollutants in open water and other water-bodies to protect the environment. This was a supporting detail page of the main policy document. The Environmental Quality Standards Directive 2008/105/EC sets out a list of substances that pose a threat to our water-bodies (which include rivers, lakes and groundwater). These ‘priority substances’ should stay below levels that are safe for water-bodies and human health. There’s a sub-set of the ‘priority substances’ list called the ‘priority hazardous substances list.’ All EU members must stop any discharge of these substances by 2020.