Romania is among the European countries that are less favoured in terms of its water resources, which are made up of 14% groundwater and 86% surface water. Even though surface water is inferior in quality to groundwater, it is preferred for drinking water treatment because it is available in large quantities. Regardless of the purpose for which water is used (for drinking water, in the food industry, etc.), the constant deterioration in water sources means that efforts must be made to preserve water quality, particularly in urban areas and in areas affected by many different sources of pollution.

Are any instruments available to the Commission through which it might convince Romania to develop the implementation of integrated environmental management, that would prevent and combat water pollution and improve water quality?