A detailed document by European Commission , called the “Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources” outlines water policies needed by 2020.
The main purpose of the blueprint is to reduce leakage of public water, that actually represents some 20% of the total water use, with homes and buildings accounting for the largest use.
In the last years water leakage differences between European member states are increasing and water is becoming an ever more prized resource.
This initiative is in line with the global alliance for the water management taken during the World Water Day.
More than 11% of Europeans and 17% of Europe’s territory have been recently affected by water scarcity, costing the EU an estimated €100 billion in damages and lost economic potential.
The EC is also looking beyond targets to technology, management of water in planning and is studying whether water-efficient products are a better way to tackle efficiency in buildings.
Water-stingy shower taps, currently waiting to be introduced in the EU’s Ecodesign Directive, are an example of products that could increase the overall efficiency of buildings and reduce water bills.
However, this measure could be not necessary, since domestic water consumption is only 7%, compared to more water-intensive areas, such as agriculture and manufacturing.
“It’s a pity that The Water Framework Directive has never been applied” highlighted Sarolta Tripolszky, from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB)