Water is life. It is a precondition for human, animal and plant life as well as an indispensable resource for the economy. Water also plays a fundamental role in the climate regulation cycle.
Protection of water resources, of fresh and salt water ecosystems and of the water we drink and bathe in is therefore one of the cornerstones of environmental protection in Europe.
Water is not a commercial product but a common good and a limited resource that needs to be protected and used in a sustainable way, in terms of both quality and quantity. It is, however, under pressure from many different uses from a variety of sectors, such as agriculture, tourism, transport and energy.
The Drinking Water Directive defines essential quality standards for water intended for human consumption. It requires Member States to regularly monitor the quality of water intended for human consumption by using a ‘sampling points’ method. Member States can include additional requirements specific to their territory but only if this leads to setting higher standards. The directive also requires the provision of regular information to consumers. Furthermore, the quality of drinking water has to be reported to the Commission every three years. On 1 February 2018, and in response to the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Right2Water’, the Commission published a proposal to renew the 20-year-old directive. The reviewed directive would update existing safety standards and improve access to safe drinking water along the lines of the latest recommendations of the World Health Organisation. It would furthermore increase transparency for consumers on the quality and supply of drinking water, thereby helping to reduce the number of plastic bottles through increased confidence in tap water. An EU-wide risk-based water safety assessment should help to identify and address possible risks to water sources already at the distribution level.
In EU exist Water Europe (WE). It is the voice and promoter of water-related innovation and RTD in Europe. They strive to increase coordination and collaboration, to enhance the performance of the water service providers, water users, and technology providers, in a sustainable and inclusive way, and to contribute to solving water-related global challenges. They envision a Water-Smart Society, in which the true value of water is recognised and realised, and all available water sources are managed in such a way that water scarcity and pollution of water are avoided. Their core values revolve around the concepts of connection, leadership and result-orientation, cultivating a culture within the water sector distinguished for its collaborative, innovative and influential spirit. They exist to foster collaborative initiatives within cross industry sectors; create an enabling environment for water related RTD (projects) and innovation, and pro-actively raise the importance of the water sector.
We suport every effort to make our water better, cleaner and more affordable llover the world. Problem is that wars for watter happened in the past and and will continue to happen. That’s just because clean water is not something that we can use for granted. Every day one pure source disappears. And this is big probelm for the future of mankind.
Water. It’s found everywhere on Earth, from the polar ice caps to steamy geysers. And wherever water flows on this planet, you can be sure to find life.
“When we find water here on Earth — whether it be ice-covered lakes, whether it be deep-sea hydrothermal vents, whether it be arid deserts — if there’s any water, we’ve found microbes that have found a way to make a living there,” said Brian Glazer, an oceanographer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who has studied astrobiology.
That’s why NASA’s motto in the hunt for extraterrestrial life has been “follow the water.”