The European Commission published its proposal for a 'Regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse' in May 2018. The proposal establishes a framework for the safe use of treated waste water originating from waste water treatment plants that are covered by the urban waste water directive for irrigation applications in agriculture. Ultimately, this should lead to a more efficient use of resources and lower pressure on the water systems (especially with regard to water scarcity).
Flanders welcomes the fact that there is a framework at EU level that establishes and harmonises the minimum requirements in terms of safety for people, the environment and the food chain across the member states. The proposed framework can be supported, but is mainly aimed at long-term or permanent applications. It is currently not clear to what extent such applications can be appropriate within the Flemish context.
21 September 2018