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Clean drinkable water is a key element for human survival. Not only that, but we use water on a daily basis for numerous different tasks from cooking food to cleaning clothes and even in industry. For these reasons, it is important to ensure that bodies of water which could feed back into the water cycle are kept unpolluted. The European battery industry, guided by legislation, makes sure that batteries do not contaminate water. During the manufacture of batteries strict controls are implemented and all water flows from battery plants undergo rigorous decontamination processes. Special care is taken to ensure that water that emerges from this process is not only clean, but also drinkable. Water emerging from battery manufacturing processes is closely monitored to ensure these high standards are met.
While in circulation strict controls including legislation apply to batteries. As batteries operate in a closed loop, there is no impact from waste on the water cycle from industrial or automotive batteries if handled properly. Similarly, recycling professionals and legislation ensure that any water that results from the recycling and dismantling process is decontaminated and reintroduced into the water cycle clean.
The European Framework Water Directive sets out key requirements for the non-pollution of water and in Annex X identifies a number of priority substances in the field of water policy which should be phased out due to their potential to pollute bodies of water. Many of these substances are used in the production of batteries or are key components of batteries. For more information on the Water Framework Directive see the section on EU Policy or visit the European Commission's page on water, http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/index_en.htm.
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