EU Proposes Revisions to Drinking Water Directive

The revisions aim to clean up drinking water quality, increase public education and reduce plastic bottled water waste

EU regulates drinking water systems

The European Union (EU) has proposed revisions to the Drinking Water Directive that would monitor emerging contaminants, improve access to clean drinking water and raise consumer confidence in drinking water quality. The EU proposed that by raising consumer confidence in municipal drinking water systems EU citizens will be less likely to purchase bottled water, and therefore reduce plastic bottled water waste.

Following recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), the EU has suggested regulations on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) bisphenol, beta-estradiol and nonylphenol. Additionally, the EU has proposed regulations on emerging contaminants per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The multi-step plan would involve improving existing infrastructure, providing public information on the quality of the water supply, increased regulations and effective water quality monitoring systems. The proposed revisions to the Drinking Water Directive are a direct response to petitions by the Right2Water European Citizens’ Initiative.

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