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EEC Directive 80/778 establishes quality standards for water destined for human consumption, with the exception of natural mineral waters or medicinal waters which are recognised and recorded as such by member states. The Directive sets certain maximum and minimum concentrations, as well as guidelines for 62 parameters. This report illustrates the current situation with regard to implementation of this Directive. Brief consideration is given to problems and difficulties encountered in complying with the Directive, as well as to the problem of pesticides, and recommendations are made for a review of the appendices to the Directive. The report also includes seven tables which, amongst others, illustrate the number of parameters confirmed and the additional parameters considered in national legislations, the various methods applied to monitoring and analysis, as well as the waivers and postponements requested from the Commission.

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Authors: PREMAZZI G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Giornateddi Studio - Acque per Uso potabile, Milano (IT), February 12-13, 1993
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 37309 ORA
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