Current status of FAIRWAYiS content

This website contains the main scientific results of the »FAIRWAY project, as presented in the project deliverables. Deliverables are being written and added to the website throughout the period of the project, until it ends in November 2021.

The availablility of and access to the website content is indicated in the introductions to each section

 Public access 
 Restricted access  (for project partners only, to allow authors time to publish their results)
 Not available yet  (the research is still underway)

Safe drinking water is vital for human health and the economy. Throughout the EU, diffuse pollution by nitrogen and pesticides from agriculture is one of the main obstacles to meeting drinking water quality targets. Policies to protect drinking water resources are not achieving a consistent level of implementation and effectiveness across all member states.

FAIRWAY objectives

  • To review approaches for the protection of drinking water resources from pollution by nitrogen and pesticides.
  • To identify and further develop cost-effective and innovative measures and governance approaches that will protect drinking water supplies while increasing agricultural sustainability.

Case studies

FAIRWAY uses a multi-actor approach to facilitate effective cooperation between actors from different sectors and levels, including farmers, advisors, drinking water companies, scientists and policy makers. Successful practices have been identified in 13 case studies in 12 countries. The practical experience generated within the case studies are being analysed in multi-actor platforms and different thematic work packages to identify the barriers and success factors associated with achieving water quality targets.

Expected results

  • Recommendations for innovative measures and governance approaches to protect drinking water resources from nitrogen and pesticide pollution.
  • Scientific understanding of the relationship between agriculture and drinking water quality.
  • Identification of barriers to the practical implementation of measures.
  • Harmonized monitoring protocols and data-sets for monitoring water quality and key farming practices.
  • Increased awareness and involvement of farmers and other citizens.


eu flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727984


Go To Top