Working Group Drinking Water [WGDW]
On January 12th 2021 the new European direktive on drinking water came into force. Member States have two years to transpose it into their National laws. Directive 2184/2020 provides an update of water quality standards. Twenty years after the entry into force of the first directive on drinking water (98/83/EC), the European Union has revised the contaminant thresholds (e.g. lead) and has introduced limits for new substances. Starting from January 12th 2023 the old directive will be repealed.
WGDW is also closely supporting the 4MSI Common approach for enamels materials that will be used after the Article 11 of the European directive 2184/2020
WGDW is pleased to note that UBA - Umwelt Bundesamt [Federal Environment Ministry - Germany] has changed the conversion factor for hot water tanks (>10l) in the updated document Evaluation Criteria Document for enamels and ceramic materials in contact with drinking water (Table 14 of §8.3.5). This is the result of a long cooperation between EEA and UBA, in which the real surface/volume ratios of the existing hot water tanks in the market have been used to come to a realistic conversion factor. The updated document will come into force on 12/09/2021.