Legislation on Water Pollution in the Netherlands

by Pieter G. Meerman,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 2, Pg. 237-256

Document Type: Journal Paper


In The Netherlands, an industrialized country with about 12,500,000 inhabitants, the future water supply is a matter of great anxiety, owing to the irregular water delivery by the rivers Rhine and Meuse and the poor quality of the Rhine water. Up to 1986 it will be necessary to purify wastes corresponding to 21,000,000 population equivalents (pe), and to drain into the sea and large estuaries 16,500,000 pe. To effect a well-coordinated approach to the problems involved, a Draft Bill has been brought before Parliament. The Bill states that it is prohibited to discharge polluting substances into surface waters unless permission has been obtained from the competent authorities. Authorities in control of the larger receiving waters are entitled to issue declarations of insufficiency to the controllers of smaller streams, in order to stimulate purification. All polluters will be subject to levies to help meet the cost of purification. The Draft Bill was laid before a special Parliamentary Committee, liter which it was amended by the Government.

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Water quality | Water supply | Legislation | Water policy | Industries | High-rise buildings | Waste management | Netherlands | Europe

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