UBA recommends the introduction of a threshold for human and veterinary antibiotics in groundwater. read more
Water is the basis for the entire biosphere. Ponds, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and oceans are the habitat for myriad plants and animals and are a key component of the ecosystem. Groundwater is at once our main source of drinking water and a habitat. We use water for our food, daily hygiene, and recreational activities. Water also plays a key economic role as an energy source, transportation medium and raw material. Efficient protection and conservation of water resources are crucially important for biodiversity and sustainable use.
A victory for environmental protection: Cybutryn, better known by its trade name Irgarol®, may no longer be used as the active substance in antifouling products on boat hulls after 27 January 2017. read more
The German Environment Agency (UBA) has chosen the water body type of the year 2016 just in time for World Water Day on 22 March: large gravel-bed streams. read more
The Federal Government and the Länder want to strengthen their joint measures to combat marine litter and are coordinating their future action at a round table. read more
Groundwater not at risk – seismic monitoring now standard read more
UBA: Focus more attention on large-size plastic litter read more
About a quarter of the volume of wastewater entering sewage plants for treatment would not have to be treated. This is extraneous water that infiltrates decrepit sewers and blends with “genuine” wastewater. In a project, a group of experts explored how this affects water quality and how sewer rehabilitation can remedy the problem. read more