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Drinking water shortage (level « red »)
Drinking water shortage (level « orange »)
The surface water typology was determined on the basis of geographical , geological, morphological and hydrological characteristics. The Luxembourgish surface water typology comprises six types. For all six types the reference conditions, which would be achieved if there were no anthropogenic pressures impacting surface waters, are described in fact sheets. The reference conditions correspond to the high status of surface water bodies.
Chemical status of the water bodies 2009
According to the water framework directive (Directive 2000/60/CE), the biological parameter fish are monitored in surface water bodies in order to determine the ecological status. Fish react sensitively to the continuity and the hydrological flow of surface water. Fish are therefor sampled in the SWB which have deficits here. The methodology applied for sampling is the standard NF EN 14962:2006 "water quality − guidance on the scope and selection of fish sampling methods".
The ecological status of the natural waterbodies is assessed in 5 classes going from 1 to 5 (high, good, moderate, poor, bad). The classification of the ecological status is based on the biological quality elements, physico-chemical quality elements and in some cases also the hydromorphological quality elements.
Quantitative status of the water bodies 2009
The chemical status of the water bodies is assessed as being good or failing to achieve good chemical surface. The definition of good chemical status is based on the annex X of the water framework directive which contains a list of priority substances and environmental quality standards (EQS) for each of these substances. This list is regularly updated in compliance with the directive 2008/105/EC and its revisions.
The ecological status of the natural waterbodies is assessed in 5 classes going from 1 to 5 (high, good, moderate, poor, bad). The classification of the ecological status is based on the biological quality elements and the physico-chemical quality elements and in some cases also the hydromorphological quality elements.
According to the water framework directive WFD(DIR 2000/60/CE), important physico chemical parameters are measured in the surface water bodies for the assessment of the ecological status. The modalities for this monitoring are stated in the grand ducal Regulation of 30 December 2010 (règlement grand-ducal you 30 décembre 2010 concernant l 'évaluation of the dimension d' eau de surface).