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Water awareness new category for Water Innovation Award

Water awareness new category for Water Innovation Award

14-09-2016 The Unie van Waterschappen (the association of Dutch regional water authorities) organises the Water Innovation Award (in Dutch: Waterinnovatieprijs) on an annual basis. This award focuses on innovative ideas and ground-breaking initiatives in the area of water authority work. This year, innovations can be submitted for the first time in the Water Awareness category. Water awareness amongst Dutch people...Read more

European drinking water producers argue at the European Commission for better protection of surface water

14-07-2016 The protection of surface water sources is of vital importance for the supply of clean and safe drinking water for our generation and for future generations. Drinking water companies aim at offering this, but require robust EU legislation to protect natural resources and to ensure that the Water Framework Directive is actually implemented. EurEau, the voice of Europe's drinking water and waste water...Read more
European drinking water producers argue at the European Commission for better protection of surface water

More measures needed for fewer pesticides in surface water

07-07-2016 In the recently published edition of Waterspiegel, member of the House of Representatives Rik Grashoff (GroenLinks) tells us that he represents "nature inclusive agriculture"; taking into account the preconditions and opportunities for the environment, animal welfare, nature and the landscape with regard to all aspects of agriculture. He is also clear about chemical plant protection: he is of the opinion...Read more
More measures needed for fewer pesticides in surface water

​​​The Meuse River water quality report highlights the importance of a broad approach towards water quality

06-07-2016 Just before the summer recess starts for the House of Representatives, a debate on water will take place on Thursday 7 July. This debate follows on from the consultation of two weeks ago when there was much attention for the water quality and the Water Quality and Freshwater Delta Approach. Members of parliament expressed their concern at that time about the effects of fertilisation, pesticides, medication...Read more
​​​The Meuse River water quality report highlights the importance of a broad approach towards water quality

Advisory role of drinking water companies with regard to licences and permits for mining in drinking water areas

01-07-2016 Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives debated the amendment of the Mining Act with Minister Kamp of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Various amendments were submitted during the debate by the ChristenUnie, GroenLinks, CDA and D66 political parties. The underground leak of diesel and salt water from the salt extraction pit of AkzoNobel in the area of Enschede that was recently made known shows...Read more
Advisory role of drinking water companies with regard to licences and permits for mining in drinking water areas

Vewin is happy about the legislative bill to abolish the municipal tax on encroachments in, on or above public land

27-06-2016 ​Minister Plasterk (Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations) has submitted a legislative bill to abolish the municipal tax on encroachments in, on or above public land for utility networks such as drinking water pipes to the House of Representatives. Vewin, the association of drinking water companies in the Netherlands, is satisfied with the legislative bill. Municipalities, but also provinces...Read more
Vewin is happy about the legislative bill to abolish the municipal tax on encroachments in, on or above public land

No mining activities in drinking water areas

22-06-2016 Next week, the House of Representatives will discuss the amendment to the Mining Act during a plenary debate. This amendment ensures that spatial choices can be made for the use of the subsoil. Since the subsoil is crucial for the drinking water supply, Vewin advocates that mining activities be excluded in drinking water areas. This will ensure that we can make the drinking water areas safe now and...Read more
No mining activities in drinking water areas

Research into the consequences of manure use for drinking water extraction

13-06-2016 The manure issue is still current with regard to drinking water companies in the south and east of the Netherlands despite a strong drop of nitrogen use in the agricultural sector since the 1990s. This has been shown by a study that has been performed at the instructions of Vewin by KWR Watercycle Research Institute and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The research...Read more
Research into the consequences of manure use for drinking water extraction

General Water Consultation: specific measures are needed to improve water quality

08-06-2016 The last few years, the House of Representatives has had two fixed moments per year when water is debated: the Water Legislative Consultations in November and the General Water Consultation in June. Both topics related to water quantity and water quality are then on the agenda. Vewin would like to ask that attention be paid by water spokespeople of the House of Representative groups to a number of...Read more
General Water Consultation: specific measures are needed to improve water quality

Advisory committee advises the Minister to cover responsibilities more tightly

25-05-2016 The Water Advisory Committee ('AcW') advises the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment to make far-reaching agreements in a Water Quality National Programme about goals, measures and responsibilities. The Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment must have control over this programme. The water quality delta approach that has been started under the supervision of the Minister of Infrastructure...Read more
Advisory committee advises the Minister to cover responsibilities more tightly

Integrated approach to healthcare and the environmental sector required against medication residue

13-05-2016 Medication residue is in addition to, for example, plant protection products and emissions from manure a threat to the quality of surface water and groundwater. The quantity of medication residue in sources for drinking water is increasing, which has harmful consequences for the environment, for example, for fish. Drinking water companies must take more purification steps and deploy more advanced technologies...Read more
Integrated approach to healthcare and the environmental sector required against medication residue

European Parliament wants to restrict the sale and use of glyphosate

15-04-2016 On Wednesday 13 April 2016 the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission and EU Member States to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of glyphosate for non-professional purposes. Read more
European Parliament wants to restrict the sale and use of glyphosate
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