Balancing costs and water quality in meeting EU directives (the Upper/Middle Odra case study in Poland)

Janusz Kindler , Marek Roman , Andrzej Nalberczyński , Sylwester Tyszewski , Dorota Pusłowska-Tyszewska , Halina Kłoss-Trębaczkiewicz , Elżbieta Osuch-Pajdzińska , Marek Gromiec

Abstract

This paper reports on a pilot study of water quality management strategies for the Upper and Middle Odra River basin in Poland. The study was undertaken to test an approach for setting targets for compliance with European Union directives in the water sector, focusing particularly on urban wastewater. These interim targets are important for the government and the EU to be able to monitor whether Poland is making adequate progress towards full compliance. The study shows clearly that an approach based solely on specifying effluent control standards and corresponding treatment technologies for various sources of pollution is extremely expensive relative to the amount of environmental improvement achieved. Applying least cost solution for meeting specific water quality standards in the Odra river costs significantly less. Adopting a least cost strategy for meeting specific water quality objectives therefore offers great potential for both reducing compliance costs in the interim period and accelerating the environmental benefits that will result.
Author Janusz Kindler KOKŚ
Janusz Kindler,,
- Chair of Environmental Protection
, Marek Roman ZZWOŚ
Marek Roman,,
- Department of Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
, Andrzej Nalberczyński
Andrzej Nalberczyński,,
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, Sylwester Tyszewski KOKŚ
Sylwester Tyszewski,,
- Chair of Environmental Protection
, Dorota Pusłowska-Tyszewska KOKŚ
Dorota Pusłowska-Tyszewska,,
- Chair of Environmental Protection
, Halina Kłoss-Trębaczkiewicz ZZWOŚ
Halina Kłoss-Trębaczkiewicz,,
- Department of Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
, Elżbieta Osuch-Pajdzińska ZZWOŚ
Elżbieta Osuch-Pajdzińska,,
- Department of Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
, Marek Gromiec WIŚ
Marek Gromiec,,
- Faculty of Environmental Engineering
Journal seriesWater Policy, ISSN 1366-7017
Issue year1998
Vol1
No3
Pages283-303
DOIDOI:10.1016/S1366-7017(98)00021-X
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S136670179800021X
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2009 = 1.175 (2) - 2012=1.42 (5)
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