The French association of industries and companies in the water and environment sectors (UIE) welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to review and revise the Drinking Water Directive. We are willing to cooperate and to take part in future consultation activities.
We share the will of the Commission – as expressed in the roadmap - to propose EU harmonized standards for materials and products in contact with drinking water.
Regarding micropollutants, if possible supported by toxicological study, a list of substances identified as toxics and commonly encountered in raw water used for the production of drinking water should be established. Maximum concentrations should also be determined for those substances. In order to respect the maximum concentrations, if necessary, all plants should have to comply with a pre-defined schedule, with extended delays for small and middle-sized drinking water treatment plants.
We believe that a detailed regulation concerning disinfection by-products should be established.
For some important parameters, the list should be updated and some limit values should be lowered. See below some examples:
Turbidity: 0,5 NTU
The oxydisability should be replaced by TOC
Chloride, sulphate, iron, manganese…
A regulation on perchlorates seems necessary to us, but only if limited to the areas concerned with this issue.
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