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

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

  • Groundwater Directive 2006/118/EC—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Status of EU directives following Brexit
  • Purpose and objective
  • Key requirements
  • Amendments to the GWD
  • Definitions
  • Criteria for assessing groundwater chemical status
  • Procedure for assessing groundwater chemical status
  • Significant and sustained upward trends and starting points for trend reversals
  • More...

TitleDirective 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 force16 January 2007
Transposition deadline16 January 2009
AmendmentsSee: EUR-Lex linked documents
Implementing legislation in England and WalesThe 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 Entry into force 30 October 2009 (now superseded by Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1154)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Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, SI 2010/675 completed the transposition but these have now been superseded by the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1154 which entered into force on 1 January 2017
SubjectGroundwater, water quality

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Status of EU directives following Brexit

Retained EU law is a legal concept describing EU-derived rights and legislation

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