This research, sponsored by the UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) compares how the 15 European Union Member States have adopted and implemented the following five key Directives which deal with wastewater treatment:
- Directive concerning urban waste water treatment
- Directive on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged into the aquatic environment
- Directive on the quality required for shellfish waters
- Directive on the quality of fresh waters needing protection or improvements in order to support fish life
- Directive concerning the quality of bathing water.
The information gathered aims to ascertain whether the UK's environmental credentials in the area of wastewater are fair or result from the UK's open and honest implementation and reporting of these Directives.
Analysis found that the UK performs well. There are a few cases of non-compliance with the Directives considered, but the UK does not stand out as having a record any worse than that of the other Member States. Taken against the fact that the UK generally designates a large number of areas for control under the Directives, and monitors and reports more information than most, the UK has to be regarded as having an environmental performance amongst the best in Europe.