EU. Quality Criteria for Water for Human Consumption (Dir. 98/83/EC)

The Drinking Water Directive (Council Directive 98/83/EC) concerns the quality of water intended for human consumption. Its objective is to protect human health from adverse effects of any contamination of water intended for human consumption by ensuring that it is wholesome and clean.


EC / List no: 231-111-4 CAS no: 7440-02-0
Application Name
Drinking water
Maximum Threshold
20 μg/l
B Part B - Chemical parameters
The value applies to a sample of water intended for human consumption obtained by an adequate sampling method at the tap and taken so as to be representative of a weekly average value ingested by consumers; Where appropriate the sampling and monitoring methods must be applied in a harmonised fashion to be drawn up in accordance with Article 7(4); Member States must take account of the occurrence of peak levels that may cause adverse effects on human health

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