Environmental Project, 667, 2002

Groundwater protection in selected countries


The report compares different strategies for protection of groundwater against point source contamination in five countries: Austria, Denmark, England, Spain and the USA. A quantitative comparison is made of the environmental pressure and of the groundwater resources. The role of the precautionary principle is discussed, and the concept of milestones as an instrument to assess different protection strategies is introduced. Milestones in efforts to protect the groundwater against point source contamination fall into one or more of three categories: legislative, technological and implementary.

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