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Agreement on the revised EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive


Congrats to Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius and his Team for reaching agreement on the revised Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive. With the new measures in place, more nutrients will be removed from (EU) urban wastewaters and new standards will be applied to micropollutants.
The Directive is a key element of the European Green Deal and the Zero Pollution Action Plan.

Following the ‘polluter pays’ principle, the new law will ensure that the costs for this protection will be partially covered by the responsible industry, rather than by the water tariffs or the public budget. In addition, it will drive the wastewater sector towards energy and climate neutrality.

By 2035 EU member states will have to remove organic matter from urban wastewater before releasing it into the environment in all communities with more than 1,000 people. By 2045 they will have to remove nitrogen and phosphorus in all treatment plants covering more than 10,000 people. They will also have to add an extra step to remove a “broad spectrum” of micropollutants, according to the European parliament.

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