The European Commission has co-produced a new interactive tool consisting of 3 million satellite images collected over the past 32 years. The Global Surface Water Explorer is a new online interactive mapping tool that will be accessible to everyone and serve to improve European and global policies for example on climate change and water management. The maps, developed by the Commission's Joint Research Centre and Google Earth Engine, highlight changes in the Earth's surface water over the past 32 years.

Society depends on the satisfactory and sustainable management of water. Historically, the primary purpose of water treatment was to protect human health, through reducing disease being transmitted through water. Subsequent measures to address environmental concerns have broadened our expectations of what water and waste water treatment should deliver. The report analyses three pieces of EU water legislation targeted at particular sectors:

·         the Bathing Water Directive (BWD; EEC, 1976; EC, 2006a),

The 3rd conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water), was held in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, on 10th February 2016.  In concluding the conference the Leeuwarden declaration was launched that underlines the key issues if Europe is to accelerate the development and uptake of innovation in the water sector.The conference was attended by more than 500 scientists, innovators, policy-makers, economists, engineers, resource managers and investors from over 50 countries.

The 2016 Conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water will be held on 10th February 2016 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands under the banner of "How is water innovation succeeding in Europe?"  The European Innovation Partnership on Water, or EIP Water, is an initiative within the EU 2020 Innovation Union.

Germany has updated its water treatment facility rules in order to comply with the EU Water Framework Directive.

Water protection is regulated by the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) (2000/60 / EC) since the year 2000. Its main aim is to protect surface water and groundwater. It aims to improve and rehabilitate Europe’s water system by the end of 2015 (in special circumstances by the year 2027).

The European Commission has told EU member states that it will not shy away from taking legal action if they do not step up implementation of water protection measures.

New rules to make the outboard engines used in sports and leisure watercraft safer and cut their pollutant exhaust emissions by 20% got the thumbs up from the European Parliament during plenary in Strasbourg. Parliament backed a European Commission proposal to impose tougher exhaust emission limits on watercraft, to reduce nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbon emissions. Small firms making small engines will have six years to comply, compared with three years for larger ones. Parliament also scrapped potentially misleading names of boat design categories.

Member states must begin to monitor levels of three pharmaceutical substances in water by September 2015, under a new directive published this week following its adoption in Parliament and Council in July 2013.