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The Drinking Water Directive – ensuring a secure water supply

In 2020, the EU Council of Ministers made a decision regarding a new Drinking Water Directive, which is being implemented in Sweden during spring 2023. The goal of the directive is to protect human health from all types of contaminants in drinking water and to improve access to clean water. 

At RISE, we collaborate with all stakeholders in the water supply chain. Do you have questions about the Drinking Water Directive? Feel free to contact our experts. 

The key points of the new Drinking Water Directive, where stricter requirements will be imposed, include: 

  • Materials in contact with water intended for human consumption (Article 11) 
  • Water Leakage (Article 4) 
  • Risk Assessments (Articles 7-10) 
  • Monitoring (Articles 5 and 13) 

Secure water supply and water usage 

RISE possesses extensive expertise in the field of water and supports both public and private stakeholders across various areas related to the Drinking Water Directive. We work towards ensuring a sustainable water supply and optimizing water usage in industry and agriculture. 

Security-related matters, particularly those involving smart IT systems for secure data management within water supply systems, are critical. At RISE, our broad expertise covers aspects such as cybersecurity, sensor development, and smart monitoring. 

Testing and certification

RISE conducts testing and certification of materials and components in contact with drinking water. RISE also engages in research related to the development of pipes and corrosion in pipelines and facilities. With the new requirements introduced by Article 11 of the Drinking Water Directive, which pertains to materials in contact with water, we address these new demands with both extensive experience and a state-of-the-art testing and certification process. 

Risk analysis 

RISE also has extensive experience in conducting risk analyses across various areas related to aspects such as microbiological safety and legionella. Our research also covers chemical safety, water purification, and micro-pollutants. RISE offers sampling and analysis for surface water, groundwater and drinking water. Additionally, we engage in research related to evaluating different PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) decontamination techniques in water and soil. For this purpose, RISE operates a well-established testbed where various purification methods are assessed.

Additional information – Webinar series and training 

RISE is currently conducting a series of webinars on the Drinking Water Directive and what private and public stakeholders need to ensure before the new requirements take effect. We have also developed training focused on Article 11, with planned launch in 2024. This training will provide you with in-depth knowledge about the specific requirements and guidelines for materials in contact with drinking water. Links to the webinars and training can be found on the right-hand side.


Do you have questions or thoughts about the Drinking Water Directive? You may be wondering what effects the new requirements will have on your business or how you can protect yourself from future threats and risks? Contact us via the form or contact Robert Gladh, see contact details below. 

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