Water is perhaps the most valuable resource on the planet, yet it is taken for granted and wasted on a daily basis. Whether you obtain your water requirements from a public water supply or from your own well, water is a very precious commodity.
On a practical level, people with their own wells are well advised to have the levels measured and the water analyzed periodically. The risks of water contamination and danger to human and animal health from a pollution event are ever present. Pollution may result from a poorly functioning septic tank or from an agricultural or industrial discharge in the area of the aquifer.
There are a number of important pieces of legislation governing conservation.
European Habitats Directive of 1992: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/legislation/habitatsdirective/index_en.htm
The Habitats Directive established Natura 2000. Its aim was to protect vulnerable and endangered habitats. It provides for categories of designation under SAC and SPA.
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