“Preventive measures for the reduction of waste water, over-utilisation and pollution of water resource.” (Source: European Spatial Development Perspective, pg. 32).
Water management plans foreseen in the European Water Framework Directive pursue the following objectives Summary of EU legislation):
- prevent deterioration, enhance and restore bodies of surface water, achieve good chemical and ecological status of such water by 2015 at the latest and to reduce pollution from discharges and emissions of hazardous substances;
- protect, enhance and restore the status of all bodies of groundwater, prevent the pollution and deterioration of groundwater, and ensure a balance between groundwater abstraction and replenishment;
- preserve protected areas.