Proposal for a new EU Regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse

A Commission proposal for a new Regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse o was adopted on 28 May, 2018. The proposal aims to help alleviate water scarcity and promote sustainable irrigation across the EU. This is a particularly pressing issue given water scarcity and droughts resulting from climate change, and the increasing demands on water supply. The proposed minimum quality and monitoring requirements are based on the JRC Science for Policy Report – Minimum quality requirements for water reuse in agricultural irrigation and aquifer recharge. The proposed Regulation also introduces key risk management tasks to identify other risks that should be addressed to ensure the safety of water reuse, and new transparency rules so that consumers can obtain easy access to water reuse practices in EU Member States. Essentially, the proposal will offer farmers an alternative supply of water for irrigation. For further information, go to