Lead drinking water standard too lax – SCHER

There is no scientific basis for any relaxation of European rules limiting lead in drinking water, according to an opinion published by the EU's Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) on Tuesday.

In fact, the standard should be tightened to reduce risks to children, SCHER believes. The 1998 drinking water directive will reduce the maximum admissible concentration of lead in drinking water from its current 25 micrograms per litre to 10ug/l in 2013.

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