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Parliamentary questions
27 June 2016
E-005143-16
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lara Comi (PPE)

 Subject:  Quality of water intended for human consumption
 Answer(s) 

The quality of ‘water intended for human consumption’ is regulated by laws drawn up at European level and transposed into national law, in order to ensure a high level of human health protection over time. Today consumers are free to choose whether to purchase pre-bottled mineral water or drink water from the main water supply network, directly from their homes or through the automatic distribution units open to the public known as ‘water kiosks’. At these kiosks, the organoleptic characteristics of the water are allegedly improved through the use of refining systems, in particular carbonation and/or refrigeration, possibly accompanied by processes of disinfection with ultraviolet rays, filtration or adsorption. However, with regard to filtration equipment, checking potential changes to microbiological parameters is often essential, given the potential for colonisation of the filtration material by microorganisms.

With this in mind, can the Commission indicate:
whether there is any European legislation in place that stipulates how often filters should be replaced or cleaned?
whether it is aware that filtered water is often sold at a lower price than bottled mineral water, resulting in unfair competition, partly due to misleading information which presents the former as an alternative to mineral water in terms of quality and properties?
how widespread the use of water kiosks in Europe is?
Original language of question: IT 
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