Water industry bids to relax EC drinking water rules

Water companies in the EC have launched a new drive to secure amendments to the 1980 Directive on drinking water quality. A report issued by their European federation, Eureau, has urged a series of changes which would amount to a major relaxation of the Directive but would, the industry argues, place it on a more scientific footing and reduce expenditure which adds little to consumer safety.1

The Eureau document bears a strong imprint of the British water companies, which have lobbied for changes to the Directive with increasing vigour as its full ramifications have sunk home since privatisation.

Eureau has already presented its proposals for amending the Directive to the European Commission. Their meeting, attended by officials from the Member States, took place in June.

No arrangements have been made by the Commission t

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