Agreement reached on water quality rules

Stricter limits for substances harmful to health in drinking water and new consumer information obligations were agreed in the late hours of Wednesday by negotiators from the European Parliament, EU member states and the European Commission.

After months of discussion, representatives of the three institutions reached a provisional agreement on the update of the 1998 Drinking Water Directive. Under the deal, value limits for lead and chromium allowed in drinking water will be lowered. New limits were also introduced for substances that interfere with the hormonal systems, such as Bisphenol-A (BPA), while in the future the Commission will be able to put other substances, such as pharmaceuticals and microplastics, on the watch.

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