Groundwater quantitative and chemical status

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Published 03 Jul 2018
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The WFD requires Member States to designate separate groundwater bodies and ensure that each one achieves 'good chemical and quantitative status'. To meet the aim of good chemical status, hazardous substances should be prevented from entering groundwater, and the entry of all other pollutants (e.g. nitrates) should be limited. Good quantitative status can be achieved by ensuring that the available groundwater resource is not reduced by the long-term annual average rate of abstraction. In addition, impacts on surface water linked with groundwater or groundwater-dependent terrestrial ecosystems should be avoided, as should saline intrusions. Further dashboards are available below.

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Caution is advised when comparing Member States and when comparing the first and second RBMPs, as the results are affected by the methods Member States have used to collect data and often cannot be compared directly.

Further information is provided in a  Draft guide to dashboards on groundwater quantitative and chemical status ; in the chapter 4 and 5 EEA report European waters – assessment of status and pressures 2018, and section 3.4 Quantitative status of groundwater and exemptions and section 3.5 Chemical status of groundwater and exemptions of the WFD 2016 reporting guidance.

Further information on groundwater status is available in following dashboards:

Groundwater bodies: quantitative status


Groundwater bodies: chemical status

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