Wellcome to EUREAU

EUREAU is the voice of Europe’s drinking water and waste water service operators which collectively provide water services to more than 400 Million people. Both, the private and the public sector are represented.


Today, the organisation counts 30 members from 27 countries. The members are national associations from EU and EFTA countries.

About EUREAU →


EU News

no news in this list.



Returned water (before use or without use)

Returned water is water abstracted from any fresh water source and discharged into fresh waters without use, or before use. It occurs primarily during mining, construction activities or in connection with spring overflows. Discharges to the sea are excluded.

Source: Data Collection Manual for the OECD/Eurostat Joint Questionnaire on Inland Waters, version.2.2. September 2008, page 41, definition no.19