Construction regulations to avoid water contamination
Many thousands of different chemical substances are produced and used by humans, with the number growing every year. These enter the environment intentionally or unintentionally and reach water resources. This is the reason for current and emerging regulations covering chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, heavy metals, solvents, plasticisers, flame retardants, combustion products, and pharmaceuticals.
The Netherlands has recognised that materials used in construction can contribute to this pollution load. Rain falling on buildings, for example, can transfer pollutants to the environment. As a result, regulations have been introduced to reduce the release of pollutants from construction products. Dutch construction product companies have responded to this by changing their products so that pollution is reduced or avoided. Such efforts to protect water resources is most valuable when a risk-based approach is taken. Dutch consultancies have the expertise to build a risk-based approach for dealing with threats to water resources.