Quality of drinking water
Core legislative framework: Council Directive 98/83/EC
Council Directive 98/83/EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption defines the essential quality standards which such water must meet. Natural mineral waters and waters which are medicinal products are exempted from this Directive. The objective of the Directive is to protect human health from the adverse effects of any contamination of water by ensuring that it is wholesome and clean.