The European water and wastewater treatment equipment market looks set to rise to almost Ecu7bn by the year 2003, according to a new market research study. This would be an increase of nearly 50% from its 1996 revenue total. According to the study's authors this is due to "increasing concern over water quality and stricter implementation of environmental legislation". In particular they cite the 1991 EU urban wastewater directive. The urban wastewater directive aims to reduce inland and coastal water pollution by requiring the collection, treatment and discharge, as well as creating a complete ban on sea-dumping, of sewage sludge by the end of this year. Co-author of the study John Raspin told ENDS Daily: "Market growth is expected to be strongest in Italy, Spain, Portugal and the UK as these countries have furthest to go before they comply with the directive's demands."
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