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Drinking water supply - Precaution beats aftercare


March 29, 2017

09:30 - 12:30

CongressForum, Hall 2.2

The excellent quality of our drinking water is regarded by our citizens as an everyday fact of life. Water utilities do everything they can to maintain this level of quality. But supplying safe drinking water requires a lot of preliminary work. Intensive cultivating, the widespread use of fertilizers and pesticides, and factory farming have a massive impact on the environment, which poses a growing threat to our drinking water resources – a key focus in this block. Denmark serves as an important model here, because the country has shown how the adverse environmental effects of intensive agriculture can be reduced.

Greater importance will be placed on the dialogue between the water management and agricultural sectors in the future. So it makes good sense to look at the actual results of this dialogue process. Nitrate pollution, pesticides and pharmaceuticals present a growing challenge for drinking water supplies and have a close correlation to preventative measures. This raises the question of how those responsible can introduce effective measures to strengthen the idea of prevention. EU regulations and the national action plan play an important role, but their actual real-world impact needs to be investigated.

The session closes with a look at the risk-based approach and its consequences for drainage basin protection and water treatment.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Schüttrumpf, Präsident, Bundesverband Bund der Ingenieure für Wasserwirtschaft, Abfallwirtschaft und Kulturbau e.V. (BWK)


Dr. Michaela Schmitz, Bevollmächtigte Wasserwirtschaft, BDEW Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frieder Haakh, Zweckverband Landeswasserversorgung

Axel Bauer, Leitender Baudirektor, Regierung von Unterfranken

Dr. Claudia Castell-Exner, Vizepräsidentin, European federation of natinal associations of water services (EurEau)

Dr. Ingrid Chorus, Umweltbundesamt Berlin

Dr.-Ing. Marcel Meggeneder, Stadtwerke Zeven GmbH

Ulrich Peterwitz, GELSENWASSER AG