AK sees the risk that the current high standards for water could be watered down if the Water Framework Directive (WFD) were to be reviewed. Austria’s experience shows that the WFD is in itself a good instrument to protect water as a resource. Therefore, AK argues that the WFD is “fit for purpose” for the comprehensive and preventive protection of water. It has to be retained in its current form in the interest of water as a public good and public service. Instead, action is needed in other fields to effectively support the aims of the Water Framework Directive.