Water firms say producers must tackle pollution at source or pay for clean-up

Extender producer responsibility (EPR) schemes should be used to ensure that companies shoulder the burden and cost of tackling contamination of water sources by their products, European water operators said on Monday.

Citing the findings of a study it commissioned from consultancy Deloitte, the European Federation of National Associations of Water Services (EurEau) said EU legislation provides “clear opportunities for EPR if control-at-source measures alone are not enough to effectively reduce micropollutants and microplastics emitted from products during their life-cycle”.

“Extra treatment to comply with current or future legislative requirements for drinking and wastewater regarding micropollutants and microplastics will result in several billion euros per year of investment in advanced water treatment technologies and additional operational costs, unless effective source-control measures are taken,” the report concludes.

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