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Review and update of the protocol for drinking water protection files

Evaluatie en actualisatie protocol gebiedsdossiers


The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment has updated the protocol for drinking water protection files (DWPF) using knowledge acquired by provinces, water boards, local authorities and drinking water companies based on actual experience. The Dutch government views DWFP as an instrument that complements the existing protection policy on drinking water abstractions. The DWFP support the implementation of Article 7 of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD). Under the direction of the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM, currently Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment), agreements were reached at the national level pertaining to the introduction of DWPF during the first half of 2010. One of points agreed upon is that the existing protocol is to be brought up to date and refined. Thereby, the updated protocol is to differentiate the type of abstraction (groundwater, surface water and river bank filtration) so that problems related to abstraction type can be addressed. Drinking water protection files contain relevant information on the water quality at abstraction sites. The DWPF are compiled at the provincial level of government (supervisory authority), with active input by all relevant stakeholders, such as water managers (provinces and water boards), drinking water companies and municipalities. The assembled information can be used to develop possible protection measures, which will be subsequently incorporated into the DWPF. These measures will focus on prevention (of pollution) and risk management. Based on the information in the DWPF, the relevant authorities/agencies will then collectively determine if and how these measures can be put into practice.

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