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Parliamentary question - P-001580/2023(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius on behalf of the European Commission

The Water Framework Directive (WFD)[1] requires Member States to ensure good status of all water bodies, including heavily modified water bodies (or reservoirs).

In addition, Member States must ensure: i) under Article 11 (WFD) a prior regulation in the programme of measures for point source discharges liable to cause pollution and ii) under Article 7 (WFD) a sufficient water purification treatment for the production of drinking water to meet the requirements of the Drinking Water Directive (DWD)[2].

The Commission is currently assessing the third River Basin Management Plans notified by Member States pursuant to Article 13 (WFD).

This assessment will also examine the impact of human activities on both Guadiana and Guadalquivir basins, including eventual shortcomings in meeting the WFD objectives. Based on this assessment, the Commission will decide on whether and which type of follow-up measures are needed.

The quality of drinking water in the EU is regulated by the DWD. The directive requires (Article 16) Member States to maintain and improve access to safe drinking water ensuring that it is wholesome and clean (Article 4).

The overall responsibility to protect human health from the adverse effects of any contamination of drinking water lies with the competent Spanish authorities[3].

When a failure to comply with the parametric values set by the directive poses a risk to human health, Member States have to take remedial action, including prohibition or restriction of use.

The Commission will monitor the situation and take any necessary action to ensure compliance with EU law.

Last updated: 22 June 2023
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