Quality Criteria for Drinking Water

EU. Quality Criteria for Water for Human Consumption, Directive (EU) 2020/2184, OJ L 435, 23 December 2020

The Drinking Water Directive 2020/2184 concerns the quality of water intended for human consumption. Drinking water is wholesome and clean if it’s: (a) free from any micro-organisms and parasites and from any substances which, in numbers or concentrations, constitute a potential danger to human health; (b) meets the minimum requirements set out in Parts A, B and D of Annex I. Indicators parameters set out in Part C of Annex I shall also be monitored, as they can help to identify water treatment.


EC / List no: 231-100-4 CAS no: 7439-92-1
Application Name
Drinking water
Maximum Threshold
5 µg/l
B Part B - Chemical parameters

D Part D - Domestic distribution systems

The parametric value of 5 μg/l shall be met, at the latest, by 12 January 2036

The parametric value for lead until that date shall be 10 μg/l

After that date, the parametric value of 5 μg/l shall be met at least at the point of supply to the domestic distribution system

For the purposes of point (b) of the first subparagraph of Article 11(2), the parametric value of 5 μg/l at the tap shall apply