As of 1 February 2018, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a revised Drinking Water Directive (superseding Council Directive 98/83/EC of 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption). Under the proposal, bisphenol A, β-oestradiol, chlorate/chlorite, nonylphenol, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) would be added to the Directive’s list of parameters to be monitored, with the following limit values:

  • bisphenol A: 0.01 μg/L
  • β-oestradiol: 0.001 μg/L
  • chlorate and chlorite: 250 µg/L
  • nonylphenol: 0.3 μg/L
  • individual PFASs: 0.1 μg/L
  • total PFASs: 0.5 μg/L

The Commission has also proposed halving the current limit values for lead and chromium (to 5 and 25 µg/L, respectively), to be in place 10 years after the Directive is enforced, although lead levels should be kept as low as reasonably practical.

European Commission (2018). Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the quality of water intended for human consumption (recast). Adopted 1 February 2018. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-drink/pdf/revised_drinking_water_directive.pdf

 

The above items were taken from the March 2018 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra.

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