Interview: Why water companies want the EU to make polluters pay

The companies that pipe drinking water to most of the EU’s 450 million citizens see themselves as something of a canary in the coal mine when it comes to environmental pollution. At some point, pretty much any pesticides and agricultural run-off, industrial effluent, pharmaceutical residues will find its way into water courses and groundwater. Little surprise, then, that faced with increasingly strict limits on contaminants in tap water, suppliers are calling for tough legislation to make polluters pay.

by Robert Hodgson

Sign in to continue

Sign in

Trouble signing in?

Reset password: Click here


Call: 020 8267 8120

Register for
Free Trial

  • 30 days limited access to subscriber-only content
  • Free ENDS Europe Daily email bulletin



Prices on request

  • Full access to for 12 months
  • Infringements Dashboard - Understand how current environmental directives are being interpreted and where the pitfalls are for member states
  • Individual and bespoke multi-user packages available

See all benefits