10 December 2021 | 6 minutes.

Time for Europe to lead water stewardship

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Keith Hays
Vice President, Bluefield Research

Keith Hays, Vice President, Bluefield Research

The European Union has been evaluating and addressing several pressing water issues through guidelines and directives – but it hasn’t necessarily gotten the (global) credit it deserves. As the U.S. passes a landmark infrastructure bill, now is the time for European countries to be even more proactive on initiatives to address water needs.

Europe has taken strong steps to address usage of harmful polyfluoroalkyl (PFA) substances that are increasingly found in drinking water supplies, wastewater, and biosolids.

In June 2021, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) their intention to draft a restriction proposal that would ban the manufacturing, marketing, and use of PFAS under Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) legislation.

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