Report No FR0429

OCCURRENCE OF PESTICIDES IN DRINKING WATER
IN SELECTED EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

FR0429

APRIL 1994

SUMMARY

I BENEFITS

The UK water industry will gain an insight into problems of implementation and compliance with the pesticides parameter of the European Council (EC) Directive Relating to the Quality of Water for Human Consumption (80/778/EEC), and strategies to deal with these, in other European countries.

II OBJECTIVES

The objective of this study was to review the implementation of the pesticides parameter of the EC drinking water directive, the pesticide monitoring strategies, and recent results of monitoring programmes in selected European countries (Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Finland).

III REASONS

Throughout the European Community, considerable difficulties have been experienced in complying with the pesticides parameter of the EC drinking water directive (maximum admissible concentration -1AC) 0.1 g l-1 individual pesticides, 0.5 g l-1 total pesticides and related substances). This report reviews the extent of the problems and strategies of dealing with it in selected EC Member and non-Member States.

IV CONCLUSIONS

V RESUME OF CONTENTS

This report reviews the implementation of the pesticides parameter, monitoring strategies and results of recent monitoring programmes, as well as the approaches taken to deal with non-compliance in EC Member States (Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Italy) and non-Member States (Austria, Switzerland and Finland). The report summarises the main findings, whereas Appendices A to F provide further details for Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.

Copies of the report are available from FWR, price 35.00, less 20% to FWR Members.