Groundwater Directive 2006/118/EC—snapshot
Groundwater Directive 2006/118/EC—snapshot

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Groundwater Directive 2006/118/EC—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Purpose and objective
  • Key requirements
  • Amendments to the Directive
  • Definitions
  • Criteria for assessing groundwater chemical status
  • Procedure for assessing groundwater chemical status
  • Significant and sustained upward trends and starting points for trend reversals
  • Measures to prevent or limit inputs of pollutants into groundwater
  • more

Title Directive 2006/118/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration. Latest consolidated version dates from July 2014.
Entry into force 16 January 2007
Transposition deadline 16 January 2009
Amendments See: EUR-Lex linked documents
Implementing legislation in England and Wales The Groundwater (England and Wales) Regulations 2009, SI 2009/2902 implementation of article 6. Entry into force 30 October 2009 (now superseded by Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1154)

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, SI 2010/675 completed the transposition but these have now been superseded by the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1154 which entered into force on 1 January 2017
Subject Groundwater, water quality

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it