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EU Pushes Drinking Water Updates as Counter to Plastic Bottles

Feb. 1, 2018, 9:20 PM

Water suppliers face a host of new pollution limits as the European Union mulls plans to promote public access to free tap water as a means of discouraging single-use bottles.

The proposed update to the bloc’s 1998 Drinking Water Directive (98/83/EC) would require water suppliers such as France’s Veolia Group and the U.K.'s Severn Trent PLC to monitor concentrations of pollutants such as perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and bisphenol A in drinking water and act if a problem arises.

The issues of tap water quality and bottled water were linked because “it...

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