Drinking Water Directive
Development of a concept for the future of reporting under the Drinking Water Directive
Client: DG Environment
The Drinking Water Directive is the EU’s legal instrument to ensure safe drinking water in Europe. As part of the legal requirements, each Member State must report progress on the implementation of the Directive to the European Commission. Compliance with the Directive’s provisions is then assessed and consequently, a synthesis report is published. The current reporting process, however, is considered outdated.
In this project, based on a critical analysis of the current reporting system and a consultation process with the Member States, a concept paper and road map for an improved, more effective reporting system was developed. The project focused on following elements:
1. a mechanism for compliance checking;
2. data access, data sharing and transparency provided to the Member States;
3. comparability of data in space and time;
4. communication to the general public, stakeholders and public administrations at all levels;
5. visualisation and mapping;
6. development of synthesis reports.
This contract was awarded under the Framework Contract to support the implementation of the Water Industry Directives.