Pollution sources are endangering our water resources all over the world. The focus in water management has traditionally been on water supply for drinking water and irrigation, with the sanitation side coming in second place. Today’s water management requires not only management in terms of quantity, but also securing sufficient water quality for the envisaged use of the water.
A worldwide-accepted strategy is to assign different water quality standards for different functions of the water body. Depending on the requirements of its use, water quality goals must be set for the water body as part of regional water management and environmental action plans.
Based on this situation nowadays a more integrated approach is common, demonstrated by Integrated River Basin Management and integrated water resource management. Click here for more information.