As all INCOPA members produce inorganic coagulants which are used in the treatment of water, they are affected by a number of different regulations governing water quality. Current issues of concern to INCOPA members include:
- Review of the Sewage Sludge Directive (86/278/EEC)
INCOPA is monitoring future plans by the European Commission to review the directive which governs the use of sewage sludge in agriculture. Sewage sludge is a by-product of wastewater treatment and is also known as bio-solids. It is possible that the directive will be revised to promote the use of sewage sludge on non-agricultural land.
The Commission launched on 23 June 2014 a public consultation on the quality of drinking water in the EU in order to assess the need for improvements on EU drinking water legislation. This consultation may lead to a review and possible revision of the Drinking Water Directive.
Also other water related directives and regulation do also have an impact:
- Framework Directive in the field of water policy (WFD) – 2000/60/EC
- Priority substances in the field of water policy – 2455/2001/EC
- Urban waste water treatment – 91/271/EEC