European standards for drinking water, second edition
The object of these standards is to stimulate improvement in drinking-water quality and to encourage countries of advanced economic and technological capability in Europe to attain higher standards than the minimal ones specifed in International Standards for Drinking-Water. The latter standards are considered to be necessary and attainable by every country. At the same rime, the industrial development and intensive agriculture of some European countries create hazards to water supplies not always encountered in other regions. Hence, stricter standards are demanded and justified.
Since different techniques and methodr of examining drinking-water are maintained in different European countries, emphasis in the present document is placed on the determination of what are acceptable standards for drinking water quality rather than how to determine them. However, for reference purposes, at least one well-established method is given for each examination.