Workshop on the application of the R&I Tool for Better Regulation in the European Commission’s policy initiative on Water Reuse

Workshop on the application of the R&I Tool for Better Regulation in the European Commission’s policy initiative on Water Reuse

RTWQM AG has been participating in the EC initiative on water re-use to promote a greater uptake of water reuse at EU level. There were consultation activities in 2 working groups:

  • EU guidelines on planning and management of water reuse
  • Minimum quality requirements for water reuse

On 31st May 2017 some R3Water partners and Sergio de Campos on behalf RTWQM Action Group joined a “workshop on the application of the R&I Tool for Better Regulation in the European Commission’s policy initiative on Water Reuse”. The event was organised by DG Research & Innovation, with participation of DG Environment with the aim to: “contribute to the sound selection of preferred policy options and provide recommendations on how the policy should be formulated so that it will not hamper innovation and ideally stimulates innovation as much as possible”.

The RTWQM AG and R3Water partners contributed to the discussions and gave recommendations during the event and input to specific questions was also provided after the workshop. The final report prepared by DG Research & Innovation mentions R3Water project and RTWQM AG. The report includes several of the contributions and remarks from the R3Water partners, mainly regarding:

  • The limitations of the traditional water sampling strategies and the way that their mandatory specification in the EU water directives is hampering the application of innovative online monitoring and ‘smart’ sampling strategies
  • Governance considerations about the economic sustainability of the reclaimed water services and other organisational market barriers
  • Adoption of an attractive terminology for communication
  • Support to online monitoring techniques through ETV programme