The drinking water quality in Germany in the period from 2002 to 2004 An overview

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Journal: Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 2007/03/06
Published: 2007
Authors: Grummt, H. J.
Address: Umweltbundesamt, Dienstgebaude Bad Elster, Bad Elster, BRD. hans-juergen.grummt@uba.de

In Germany the drinking water is to be monitored regularly. The sampling frequencies and the scale of monitoring of the water supplies are provided by the Drinking Water Ordinance 2001. Taking into account the overall samples taken, the drinking water quality ranges from good to very good, and the requirements for the microbiological, chemical and physical standards have been largely satisfied, as set out by the Drinking Water Ordinance 2001. What concerns most parameters, unremarkable variations have been measured in more than 99 % of samples taken. The highest frequency of non-compliance (in 1 to 2 % of samples taken) has been found in the parameters pesticides and coliform bacteria. Some impairments of drinking water quality could be traced to house installation systems, which do not meet the commonly accepted technical rules. In general, potential danger to human health does not exist. This information is based on the report by the Ministry of Health about the quality of drinking water in Germany in the period 2002-2004.

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