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Amendment to DWD gives countries flexibility on monitoring

The Drinking Water Directive has been amended to give EU member states more flexibility about the way they monitor water quality and to enable a risk-based approach, the European Commission has confirmed.

The amended rules will remove “unnecessary burdens” in the current directive and allow states to take a more focused approach to monitoring, said the Commission.  

Karmenu Vella, commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “High-quality, safe drinking water is essential for well-being and public health, so we need to ensure high standards across the Union. This new monitoring and control system allows us to reduce unnecessary analyses and concentrate on controls that really matter.”

Under the revised rules, EU member countries can now decide, on the basis of a risk assessment, which parameter to monitor given that some drinking water supply zones do not pose any risk for finding hazardous substances. They can also choose to increase or reduce the frequency of sampling in water supply zones, as well as to extend the list of substances to monitor in case of public health concerns, the commission shared in the release.

The rules follow the principle of ‘hazard analysis and critical control point’ (HACCP), already used in food hygiene legislation, and the water safety plan approach laid down in the World Health Organization‘s Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality.

Member states have two years to apply the provisions of the new legislation.

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Drinking water quality
Tags: drinking water quality

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