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Water Directive: Better access to drinking water could reduce bottled water consumption!


On Tuesday 23 October 2018, the European Parliament adopted a recast of the Directive on the quality of water intended for human consumption. The new version of the Directive aims to increase confidence of consumers in the quality of tap water and to promote “universal access” to clean water by citizens, in particular by vulnerable groups with limited access or with no access at all.

Belgian MEP and EDP General Delegate Gérard Deprez welcomes the decision to update the 20-year-old Directive, as he explains: “We want to encourage the consumption of tap water, in restaurants for example, by installing fountains in public spaces such as airports or shopping centres. Better access to drinking water could reduce bottled water consumption by 17%. This would save citizens money and also have a positive impact on the environment by reducing CO2 emissions and plastic waste”

German MEP and EDP Vice-President Ulrike Müller, shadow rapporteur for the dossier, welcomes the adoption of her amendment, which aims to maintain the proven system for setting the prescribed measurement frequency. Owing to this amendment, unjustified and significant cost increases which would affect many municipal water providers particularly in Germany, can be avoided in the future.

According to Ulrike Müller, the Directive needed an update to keep pace with recent developments: " We need to maintain consumer protection and water quality in Europe at the highest level."