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How good is drinking water quality in households with children?
Drinking water is a staple in nutrition. Statutory requirements stipulate that drinking water may not prove grounds for adverse health concerns. It must reach all households in impeccable quality. The quality of household drinking water can, however, be poorer than what the water works discharge. Data from the German Environmental Survey for Children (KUS) carried out by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) shows that household drinking water concentrations in most homes are lower than limit values set by the German Drinking Water Ordinance (TrinkwV). KUS also provides evidence that as late as 2003 to 2006, there may have been levels of lead, copper, nickel and uranium in some household in excess of current or future limit and guideline values. read more