Water and health

Health 09-11-2021

European Parliament president knocked down by Legionnaires’ disease

What is legionellosis, the disease that took European Parliament's President David Sassoli out of the parliamentary game for more than two months? And how has the EU improved legislation to tackle the spread of the pneumonia-causing bacteria?
Health 28-09-2021

Raised SARS-CoV-2 co-infection risk suggests other pathogens should not be overlooked

The increasing number of immunocompromised people exposed to COVID-disease combined with the raised risk of co-infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and respiratory pathogens creates a double whammy that cannot be overlooked.
Health 30-07-2021

In Spain, dozens of villages struggle for drinking water

Across the country, nitrates and arsenic have made the water undrinkable for village's residents, who number 350 in winter and nearly 1,000 in summer. Groundwater resources are at risk from agricultural pollution, a lack of water quality controls and drought.
Health 25-06-2021

Reopening hotels comes with risk if water systems are not being checked

As the hospitality sector is ready to reopen its doors and welcome back customers, some public health risks may arise if water systems in hotels have not been properly managed during the lockdown, a health expert warned.
Health 04-05-2021

EU to rely on wastewater surveillance to track COVID-19 variants

Wastewater surveillance can be used to track the spread of new variants of the coronavirus among Europe's population, the EU's Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV.
Health 01-04-2021

Expert: Portugal’s new anti-Legionella regime fits with EU tap water rules

The new Portuguese framework for the prevention and control of Legionnaires’ diseases is compatible with the flexibility allowed under the European Union’s overhauled tap water rules, a Portuguese health expert has told EURACTIV.com.
Health 22-03-2021

Water is life, and at the heart of our agenda

Water is a critical global security matter and Slovenia intends to put it at the core of its EU presidency, which starts on 1 July, writes Dr Stanislav Raščan.
Health 17-12-2020

Parliament seals historic first citizen-led EU law on tap water

The European Parliament gave the final go-ahead to revised rules on Tuesday (15 December) that seek to update water quality parameters, in a bid to restore citizens’ trust in what comes out of the tap.
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Health 30-10-2020

Wastewater coronavirus testing shows promise as a means to detect outbreaks

In the quest to control the pandemic, our best defense might be flowing underground. According to Science magazine, researchers in Paris spent several weeks this year sampling sewage for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In Germany, CNN reports that microbiologists are checking wastewater...
Health 14-10-2020

EU’s new drinking water law is in line with latest science, health expert says

An EU agreement to monitor tap water for the presence of potentially lethal Legionella bacteria takes into consideration the emergence of newer, more effective testing methods, a national public health expert told EURACTIV.
Health 09-09-2020

New tap water rules already flowing ahead of EU rubber stamp

While waiting for the go-ahead to the overhauled Drinking Water Directive (DWD), some EU member states, as well as the UK, have already started implementing methods for microbiological analysis of water quality suggested in the new rules.
Health 12-02-2020

Sinkevicius: Dealing with PFAS chemicals in revised tap water rules was a ‘great move’

The inclusion of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) into the EU's Drinking Water Directive was a step forward that showed the EU's commitment to address these chemicals, Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV.
Health 17-12-2019

Information is key to promote tap water use, health expert says

Providing tap water with the same level of information and transparency as bottled water will restore citizens trust and help fulfil one of the main objectives of the Drinking Water Directive (DWD), says Philippe Hartemann.
Health 28-10-2019

Scientists and Commission clash over detecting Legionella risk

Some researchers and scientists firmly criticised the European Commission's approach on assessing the risk of Pneumonia-causing bacteria in the Drinking Water Directive (DWD) during an event organised at the European Parliament by EURACTIV.
Health 15-10-2019

Tap water in the EU: Environmental and health considerations

Finland’s EU presidency and MEPs in the new European Parliament will have to address all relevant health concerns when it comes to drinking water rules if they want to pass the historic first citizen-led EU legislation in the next term.
Health 11-10-2019

Climate change leads to spread of Pneumonia-causing bacteria, expert says

A warmer climate and Europe's ageing population create a favourable breeding ground for legionella bacteria, which cause a type of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease, Professor Martin Exner said in an interview.
Health 03-09-2019

WHO says microplastics in water not a health risk, more research needed

Plastic pollutant nanoparticles in both tap and bottled water do not pose an apparent health hazard, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report. However, the UN body acknowledges more research and evidence is needed.
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Health 27-08-2019

Legionella pneumophila in EU drinking water directive

Figawa's position on the Draft of the Council of the European Union on the Revision of the EU Drinking Water Directive.
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Health 15-07-2019

Water meets Energy, Energy meets Water

The Water Innovation Europe 2019 edition “Water meets Energy, Energy meets Water” was successfully concluded on the 13th of June in Brussels with about 230 participants joining us from the water & energy sector.
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Health 24-06-2019

ECI’s contribution on the Revision of the Drinking Water Directive in view of the Trilogues

The European Copper Institute (ECI) strongly supports measures that help to improve the quality of water intended for human consumption, and is therefore is in favour of EU-wide standards that help understanding and reduce sources of chemical and /or biological contamination in drinking water systems.
Health 12-06-2019

ECDC: Legionella outbreak may be reduced with appropriate controls

A new community outbreak of Legionella in Belgium's Flanders region renewed public attention to the so-called Legionnaires' disease, which is increasing in the EU, according to the EU agency for infectious diseases control.
Health 12-04-2019

Tap water rules no longer in deep water, but health concerns persist

Finland's EU presidency and MEPs in the new European Parliament will have to address all relevant health concerns when it comes to the drinking water rules if they want to pass the historic first citizen-led EU legislation in the next term.
Agrifood 11-02-2019

No water, no reuse

The European Parliament can save the entire water reuse project, or render the whole exercise until now worthless when it votes on 12 February, writes Roberto Mazzini.
Agrifood 27-12-2018

Expert: Predictive water management saves costs and the environment

Predictive management and process optimisation in water utilities mean less usage of chemicals, which results in a positive environmental footprint as well as less operational costs for the industry, an expert told EURACTIV.com.

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