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Safe management of drinking water supplies

Scheme of the Water Safety Plan concept: What can go wrong in our water supply? What risks does this cause for our supply? How can we control them? How do we know that they are under control?

Drinking-water is most likely safe if all process steps – i.e. abstraction, treatment and distribution – are working as they should. This requires proper management during planning, construction and installation, operation and maintenance of the entire system from catchment to consumer. Also, good understanding of these processes facilitates early identification of potentially present weaknesses. read more


Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria

Drinking water supplied by the water works or one’s own well comes into contact with a number of materials on its way to the tap. Hygiene standards for materials help safeguard against any possible impairments of the drinking water by chemical substances or microbial contamination. read more


Approval and Harmonization – 4MS Initiative

The four Member States (MS) Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom Great Britain (“4 MS”) have agreed on collaboration in the harmonization of tests for the hygienic suitability of products in contact with drinking-water. read more


Distributing drinking water

Drinking water which has been treated in a waterworks or drawn directly from an on-site well must meet the requirements of the German Drinking Water Ordinance all the way to the tap. Its distribution via the water company’s mains and the drinking water systems of individual buildings brings it into contact with a large range of substances. It is essential for the quality not to be impaired. read more


The Umweltbundesamt

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