Under the revised EU drinking water directive, an existing European limit on lead in drinking water of 50 micrograms per litre (ug/l) will fall to 10ug/l in 2013. The executive said its survey had revealed that 0.5% of over 600 new houses surveyed had lead levels in breach of existing law and 2.5% had concentrations above the 2013 limit.
"I am appalled to discover that illegal construction practice means that some people in new homes have suffered unsafe levels of lead in their domestic water," commented Ms Deacon. "Such practices breach the water byelaws. This is unacceptable."
* In a related development, the Scottish environment minister Sam Galbraith today announced an improvement in drinking water quality in 1999. Compared with 1998, there was a 38% reduction in the number of samples failing microbiological standards and a 31% cut in samples containing trihalomethane disinfection by-products. Overall, testing showed 98.6% compliance with EU standards.
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