European Practice in Water Quality Control

by Walter A. Lyon,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 3, Pg. 37-46

Document Type: Journal Paper


Changes in European public policy regarding pollution control are examined, including the public response to the pollution problem, a summary of recent legislative activity, and intergovernmental relationships. The use of classification systems and the organization of water-pollution control efforts are evaluated, in addition to permit systems and the role of nongovernmental organizations in shaping water-pollution-control policies. In Europe, there appears to be a movement toward decentralized river-basin management of water-pollution control and waste treatment. Increased pollution of streams in the industrial sectors of most countries has had an adverse effect on many of the uses of rivers, particularly recreational uses. As a result, conservationists, fishermen, and professionals have called for, and received,— with the help of an interested press—stricter laws regarding pollution control.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Quality control | Public policy | Waste treatment | Water pollution | Legislation | Permits | Basins | Europe

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