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The Rapporteur on the UWWTD, Nils Torvalds (Renew), published his draft report on the UWWTD, including more than 1400 amendments. Water Europe assessed them all and welcomed the integration of innovative instruments ensuring the implementation of the new UWWTD, the focus on circularity, and the need for a resource-oriented approach within the directive, as it advocated.

As a reminder, the Rapporteur released his opinion on the dossier last month, which stressed the need for an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), in line with the joint statement co-signed by Water Europe on the polluter-pays principle within this legislation.

The shadow Rapporteur for Committee ENVI, Jean Huitema (Renew) also released an opinion letter on the dossier. He stressed out the opportunity to massively reuse treated wastewater for agricultural irrigation and recover critical nutrients such as phosphorus.

Water Europe is actively contributing to the debate on the UWWTD. Water Europe, as the management body of the MEP Water Group, organised a dinner on this legislative revision at the beginning of the month, in which EU policymakers and representatives from the water ecosystem were invited to bring their perspectives on wastewater management. They discussed energy efficiency within treatment plants, utilities’ gaps and opportunities, resource recovery, and the relevance of an EU water fund to finance these improvements in wastewater treatment plants.

Therefore, Water Europe stresses the once-in-a-generation opportunity to set up ambitious legislation that turns our urban wastewater treatment plants into energy-efficient resource hubs. This ambition demands new financial drivers, implementation tools, and innovative solutions.

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The Water4All Partnership - Water Security for the Planet - is a funding programme for scientific research in freshwater. It aims to tackle water challenges to face climate change, help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

It is co-funded by the European Union within the frame of the Horizon Europe programme (a key funding programme for research and innovation). The Partnership duration is for seven years from 2022.

The Water4All objective is to enable water security at a large scale and in the long term. Its goal is also to tackle water issues in a holistic frame. 

All forms of life on earth need water. All human activities operate with this resource. Water is part of our everyday life. It is also integrated within urban and countryside landscapes. It is one of the most valuable elements we share with plants and animals.

These simple facts must be kept in mind to understand the Water4All ambition.

This resource is weakened in many places due to climate changes, and human habits. We know that we can improve the way we use water. Everyone has a role to play and especially the scientific research community.

Scientific research is the heart of the Partnership as It is a powerful tool to improve knowledge on preserving, restoring, and managing this essential resource. 

International cooperation is also needed as water has no borders on Earth and runs from one country to another.

Water4All brings together a broad and cohesive group of 90 partners from 33 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) chain.