Setting objectives for water quality improvement

The [Convention on the Protection and use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes] requires that water quality objectives and criteria shall: (a) Take into account the aim of maintaining and, where necessary, improving the existing water quality; (b) Aim at the reduction of average pollution loads (in particular hazardous substances) to a certain degree within a certain period of time; (c) Take into account specific water-quality requirements (raw water for drinking-water purposes, irrigation, etc.); (d) Take into account specific requirements regarding sensitive and specially protected waters and their environment, e.g. lakes and groundwater resources; (e) Be based on the application of ecological classification methods and chemical indices for the medium- and long-term review of water-quality maintenance and improvement; (f) Take into account the degree to which objectives are reached and the additional protective measures, based on emission limits, which may be required in individual cases.
Water pollution
Quality unification
Type Classification:
J: Unconfirmed strategies