Copenhagen preparing cleaner water plan

Danish capital prepares own water plan in protest at "lax" national anti-pesticide plan

Denmark's capital Copenhagen is preparing a plan to protect the quality of drinking water, most of which comes from groundwaters, complaining that national actions to prevent contamination by pesticides have been "lax". The government adopted a pesticides action plan earlier this month, aiming to cut agricultural pesticide use by one-fifth (ENDS Daily 6 March). Denmark's green movement is continuing to allege that it favours farmers at the expense of the environment.

Due to be formally launched next month, the Copenhagen plan seeks to source more water from within the city's boundaries to lessen "imports" of potentially pesticide-contaminated water from surrounding agricultural areas. It proposes DKr40m (euros 5.4m) spending over four years to deal with water contamination hot spots around leather treatment and dry-cleaning operations. And it pledges research into cutting the estimated 20m cubic metres per year thought to leak annually from drinking water supply pipes.

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Copenhagen municipality, tel: +45 33 66 33 66.

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