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Policy position

Groundwater protection and the revision of the Groundwater Directive

Water UK considers that the Groundwater Directive (GWD) is fit for purpose and does not require amendment.

Existing European legislation (e.g. WFD, UWWTD, DWD) already provides sufficient regulatory mechanisms to protect drinking water and that efforts need to be focused on implementing the existing Directives rather than introducing further controls through the GWD that duplicate other directives.

Water UK supports the overarching principle that pollutants should be tackled at source rather than end of pipe.