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Drafting CIS on water reuse: State of play in February 2016
Drafting Common Implementation Strategy (CIS)
Guidance on Water Reuse: State of play
Claudia de Luca
Unit C1 Water
State of play
Claudia de Luca
DG ENV, Unit C1 Water
Activities to date
An outline structure of the guidance circulated for comment to CIS
WG Programme of Measures (PoM) in mid-2015
First draft guidance shared with WG PoM in October 2015
WG PoM established a drafting group (MSs and stakeholders)
Second draft produced and discussed by drafting group in
Third draft circulated for comments to drafting group, previous WG
PoM, WG Chemicals, Groundwater, Ecostat, SCG and the EIP Action
Key Points: Scope
The CIS guidance document provides
information, guidance and pilot case examples
Attention on river basin/water scarcity planning – taking in
consideration water hierarchy
The guidance stresses the importance of all relevant sources and
uses for reused treated wastewater; main emphasis on
appropriate safe use in irrigation (agriculture and landscape)
and aquifer recharge.
It explores benefits, risks and challenges of reuse.
Key Points: Reuse standards
The guidance does not promote specific standards, but stresses
the need to meet the right standards for each use and refers to
It explores how standards should be promoted and implemented,
e.g. in public communication, issuing permits, monitoring, etc.
Key Points: Planning, Communication
It provides a step-by-step guide to the main issues to consider in
planning for reuse
It explores the consistency with the existing EU legislation (WFD,
Groundwater legislation, UWWTD, Nitrate Directive)
It examines funding issues, such as income generation from
water pricing, EU funding water reuse schemes, etc.
It stresses the role of public participation and communication
Comments on the 3rd draft of the guidance due by 17 February
Need to get the text right – correct emphasis, accuracy, etc., and
seeking for other examples
Draft 4 will be discussed during the drafting group meeting in March
Final draft to be provided to SCG in May 2016
Aim: Water Directors approval in June 2016
The timetable is ambitious, but we have kept to the planned
timetable to this point!
Thank you for your attention !
Information and documents available at the
dedicated EC Internet page: