Safe drinking water is vital for human health. Diffuse pollution of nitrogen and pesticides from agriculture is the main obstacle to meet drinking water quality targets.
The objective of FAIRWAY is
- to review approaches for protection of drinking water resources against pollution by pesticides and nitrate, and
- to identify and further develop innovative measures and governance approaches for a more effective drinking water protection.
FAIRWAY and WaterProtect Joint Launch, 6 December 2017
The European Commission is investing almost 10 million euros from its research and innovation budget (under the Horizon 2020 programme) in two projects, FAIRWAY and WaterProtect, to deliver new solutions, proven good practices and innovative governance models to protect drinking water resources from nutrient and pesticide pollution. FAIRWAY and WaterProtect held their launch event on December 6th 2017 in Brussels together with the key European stakeholders and Commission services. The launch event was introduced by Lara Passante from the Commission’s Research Executive Agency (REA) highlighting the important impact of both projects in bringing together research, stakeholders, farmers and citizens to have a positive impact on drinking water sources. The Water Task force, a joint initiative of DGAgri and DGEnv, was represented by Claudia Muresan, and has the task to improve the economic and environmental performance of farms and the long-term availability of water. Both projects will deliver important contributions and experience from their case studies and action labs to the Task Force, and will connect to activities of the EIP Water action groups and EIP Agri operational groups. The projects will also be very important for the drinking water producers according to Arjen Frentz from Eureau, referring to the Water Framework Directive and the ambition to reduce costs for water treatment.
FAIRWAY meeting in Naples, November 2017
On 23 – 24 November 2017, a meeting for all the FAIRWAY work packages was held in Naples. The meeting was hosted by Professor Gianni Quaranta of MEDES and 43 members of the consortium participated. A workshop was held on setting up the multi-actor platforms in the 13 FAIRWAY case studies. There were also sessions in which the progress of the work on measures, monitoring indicators, and decision support tools was discussed. The first results of the assessment of EU policies affecting drinking water quality were presented. The communication and dissemination strategy of FAIRWAY was also discussed.