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Accessibility statement

The JRC Water Portal website

This statement applies to content published on the domain: ‘’

It does not apply to other content or websites published on any of its subdomains. These websites and their content will have their own specific accessibility statement.

This website is managed by European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC.D.2). It is designed to be used by as many people as possible, including people with disabilities.

You should be able to:

  • zoom up to 200% without problems
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using a modern screen reader and speech recognition software (on your computer or phone)

This website is designed to comply with the technical standard for websites and mobile apps, EN 301 549, v.3.2.1 . This closely follows level ‘AA’ of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 .

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the technical standard EN 301 549 v.3.2.1 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA . See ‘Non-accessible content’ for more details.

The website was last tested on 30th November 2023.

Preparation of this statement

This statement was reviewed on 1st December 2023.

The statement is based on a review done by an automated tool Lighthouse, using a combination of manual and automated testing.


We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the ‘JRC Water Portal’ website. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers:

We try to respond to feedback within 15 business days from the date of receipt of the enquiry by the responsible Commission department.

Compatibility with browsers and assistive technology

The ‘JRC Water Portal’ website is designed to be compatible with the following most used assistive technologies:

  • the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox browsers;
  • in combination with the latest versions of JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver and TalkBack.

Technical specifications

The accessibility of the ‘JRC Water Portal’ website relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

Non-accessible content

Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of the ‘JRC Water Portal’ website, we are aware of some limitations, which we are working to fix. Below is a description of known limitations and potential solutions. Please contact us if you encounter an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for the ‘JRC Water Portal’ website:

  1. Keyboard access: some functionality is not accessible using only a keyboard;
  2. Images: some images do not have alt text descriptions. We plan to fix this issue by end June 2024;
  3. Graphs and charts – use of colour: Some graphs and charts on the website rely on colour alone to communicate information, which is confusing for people with colour vision deficiency. In charts where labels are not visually associated with the corresponding coloured section, clicking on the labels in the legends toggles the corresponding line, bar or section on or off, which allows users to check which label belongs to which part of the chart. We plan to fix this issue by end June 2024;
  4. Graphs and charts – text alternatives: Graphs and charts are not accessible to screen reader users as they do not contain appropriate text alternatives. We plan to fix this issue by end June 2024;
  5. Maps: Some content in the maps does not have a text alternative for people with a vision impairment. We plan to fix this issue by end June 2024;
  6. Heading Hierarchy: some pages do not present content in a hierarchical heading organization. We plan to fix this by March 2024;
  7. PDF: some documents are in PDF format and are not accessible.