Water reuse: mitigating water scarcity

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Europe needs to establish EU-wide common minimum quality standards for water reuse that protect both people’s health and the environment. Water operators  are working with the European institutions and Member States to bring in water reuse legislation.

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What is water reuse?

Water reuse is the use of treated waste water. Water reuse is one way to increase the available water resources, mitigating water scarcity.

Is reused water safe?

Yes, reused water IS safe. Already in 2006, almost one billion cubic metres were reused in Europe, which enough to fill the Stade de France 300 times (2,4% of total treated wastewater).

Europe needs to establish EU-wide common minimum quality standards for reuse that protect both people’s health and the environment. We – the water operators – are working with the European institutions and Member States to bring in water reuse legislation.

Our members have the experience and the technology to achieve any EU-wide quality standards set for the safe reuse of treated waste water.

Why reuse water?

Water is too precious to be used only once. It is crucial that water is managed so that everyone can benefit from it – now and for our children and grandchildren.

Water reuse has significant environmental, social and economic gains.

For example Cyprus is already recycling 90% of its treated waste water, covering nearly 30% of its agricultural water needs. Other sectors, such as the food industry, tourism, and sport n’ leisure also benefit.

Isn’t it basically ‘toilet’ water?

Not any more! Waste water comes from our drains, sinks and toilets, and then it is treated to remove pollutants such as bacteria and chemicals, so that it is safe for reuse.

Who are you?

EurEau is the voice of Europe’s water sector. We represent drinking and waste water service providers from 28 countries, from both the private and the public sectors. We employ over five hundred thousand people.

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