Testing times for water

Recent changes to the EU Water Framework Directive could leave targets for improving river water status in tatters, finds Simon Evans

Treatment works such as Davyhulme could face expensive upgrades. Credit: United UtilitiesUnder the EU Water Framework Directive, member states must aim for all their rivers, lakes and streams to reach ‘good status’ by 2015.

This is a complex measure combining ecological indicators of ‘good ecological status’ with compliance against environmental quality standards (EQSs) for a range of priority substances under ‘good chemical status’.

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