EU environment Ministers have agreed to better and more easily available drinking water in Europe. According to their agreement on Tuesday in Brussels must now be with the European Parliament and an Agreement found.
In Germany, the quality of the tap water, according to the EU Commission, mostly very good. According to estimates of the European citizens ‘ initiative Right2Water six to eight million people in Europe, however, with no secure access to drinking water or to appropriate sanitation facilities. For 20 million people in Europe, there were quality problems in drinking water.
The EU Commission had therefore presented in the past year, proposals for a Revision of the 20-year-old drinking water Directive. A better supply of disadvantaged and poor people, such as, for example, Roma is provided. In addition, the access to drinking water should be improved. The aim is also that less water is from plastic bottles to drink in order to reduce the waste mass.
in Addition, not only controlling the product water, but there are risks in the entire production chain is minimized. New building codes are pushing back pollutants from pipes. The provider should also make information about the quality of water on site, easily accessible, in order to strengthen the trust of citizens.
The EU member States were now in favour of improving the access to potable water in General. For this purpose, the individual countries, for example, more public drinking fountains, and water to provide taps or the provision of free water in Restaurants and canteens to promote. Also information campaigns about the quality of the tap water, it said.
The European Parliament had voted in October, and among other things, stricter pollutant limits required. The negotiations between the Parliament and the States are now expected to take place in the second half of the year. Both sides have to agree before any Changes could come into force.