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The revision of the Drinking Water Directive 98/83/EC (DWD) has been included in the Commission Work Programme 2017 as part of the implementation of the Circular Economy package. It arises from the REFIT evaluation of this Directive and as one of the follow up actions to the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Right2Water.

Proposed actions for the DWD revision are set out in an inception impact assessment

You can express your views on aspects of impact assessments, before the Commission finalises its proposals. Impact assessments cover the issues to be tackled, whether action should be taken at EU level and the potential effects of different solutions outlined.

Please send your views, comments or position papers to:

Previous targeted consultation activities:

  • A specific stakeholder conference on the review of the parameters co-organised with WHO was performed on 23 September 2016.
  • A specific stakeholder conference on the impact assessment options took place on 8 December 2015.
  • A specific stakeholder conference on the evaluation took place on 26 May 2015.
  • Stakeholder meetings on benchmarking of water quality and services took place on 09/09/2014 and 12/10/2015.


Information on the Stakeholder Consultation Meetings and on Expert Groups Meetings

Information on supporting studies (Evaluation, Impact Assessment, Products/Materials in contact with drinking water, Cooperation project with WHO to review the drinking water parameters)

Information on the benchmarking stakeholder dialogue

Previous Open Public Consultation:


Consultation on the Quality of Drinking Water in the EU

Policy field(s)

Environment, Water, Water Supply, Water Services, Health, Consumer protection, Microbiology, Chemicals

Target group(s)

Private citizens and Stakeholders

Period of consultation

From 23/06/2014 to 23/09/2014

Objective of the consultation

The aim of this consultation was to get a better understanding of citizens’ views on the need and the possible range of actions which could be undertaken in order to improve the supply with high quality drinking water. The results of the consultation will be used as input to decide where the EU Drinking Water Directive 98/83/EC might need improvement. The consultation received 5908 answers and 138 positions were submitted.

View the questionnaire

Report - Analysis of the public consultation on the quality of drinking water

Official reference documents

Contact details

responsible service

Unit ENV/C/2 (Marine Environment and Water Industry , DG ENV, EUROPEAN COMMISSION


postal address

200, Rue de la Loi, 1049 Bruxelles, BELGIUM.

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement