European Collaboration on the Quality of Bathing Waters

September 29, 2013 Categories: Latest News

European Policy on the quality of bathing water has been recently reformulated through the revised Bathing Water Directive (2006) with the purpose to preserve, protect and improve the quality of the environment and protect human health by completing the Water Framework Directive (WFD) under which Bathing Waters are one of the Protected Areas.

Recent experiences have highlighted a number of issues regarding interpretation of the 2006 Directive by Member States. Whilst it will not come fully into force until 2015, the Commission is using the current transition period to develop a common understanding relating to monitoring and assessment.

The Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia (IzVRS), Umweltbundesamt GmbH (Austria) and WRc are collaborating on a project for the Commission to produce a Reference Document by January 2014, which will assist member states to implement the 2006 Directive by developing this common understanding of monitoring and assessment relating to the revised Bathing Water Directive.

For further information contact Ian Codling on 01793 865030 or ian.codling@wrcplc.co.uk.

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SIMON AYLEY Key Account DirectorTel: +44 (0) 1793 865085