Nitrates in river water

In 2012, Belgian rivers contained 3.6 milligrams of nitrogen in the form of nitrates per litre of water. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must be reduced. This objective will be reached by continuing the trend since 2000. Nitrates in river water are therefore developing favourably.

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TREND ASSESSMENT: Nitrates in river water - Belgium

mg NO3-N/l

 2000200520102012
observations4.43.83.63.6

EEA (2015), Nutrients in freshwater (CSI 020/WAT 003) - Assessment published Feb 2015, https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/nutrients-in-freshwater/nutrients-in-freshwater-assessment-published-6 (consulted on 08/11/2017).

Nitrates in river water

mg NO3-N/l

 2000200520062007200820092010201120122012//20002012//2007
Belgium4.43.84.04.24.03.53.63.33.6-1.7-2.7
Europe2.12.02.12.01.91.81.91.81.8-1.1-2.0
//: average growth rates

Europe: 29 countries, see Description

EEA (2015), Nutrients in freshwater (CSI 020/WAT 003) - Assessment published Feb 2015, https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/nutrients-in-freshwater/nutrients-in-freshwater-assessment-published-6 (consulted on 08/11/2017).

This text is based on the Statistical Annex of the Voluntary National Review of Belgium (VNR) presented to the July 2017 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

VNR Indicator: Nitrates in river water, mg NO3-N/l

Definition: average concentration of nitrates in river water, estimated by averaging the concentrations measured at 36 stations spread all over Belgium. This concentration is measured by the weight of nitrogen in these nitrates per litre of water (mg NO3-N/l).

Objective: to contribute to Target 6.3, this indicator should decrease.

UN Target 6.3: By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally

UNSTAT Indicator 6.3.2: Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality

 

Europe (29 countries): Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.