Briefing 
 

Droughts: promote water reuse for agricultural irrigation 

Plans to counter water scarcity by facilitating the reuse of treated wastewater for agricultural irrigation will be put to a vote on Tuesday.

The legislation defines minimum quality standards for reclaimed water to be used for agricultural irrigation. It also sets out obligations for production, distribution and storage operators, as well as risk management measures.

Background

The European Union’s water resources are increasingly coming under pressure, leading to water scarcity and quality deterioration. In particular, climate change, unpredictable weather patterns and drought are putting a strain on the availability of freshwater needed for urban development and agriculture. Ensuring that treated wastewater can be reused more extensively, especially in agriculture, could reduce extraction from water authorities and groundwater.

Procedure: ordinary legislative procedure, 1st reading

2018/0169(COD)

Debate/vote: Tuesday, 12 February