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Portugal drinking water is of ‘excellent quality’

by TPN/ Lusa, in News · 05-10-2017 12:25:00 · 0 Comments

Drinking water in Portugal is of “excellent quality,” a water sector regulator report said this week. In 2016 the regulator conducted 50 monitoring activities and only launched disciplinary processes for failures to meet administrative deadlines.

Portugal drinking water is of ‘excellent quality’

The annual report on “Quality Control of Water for Human Consumption” for 2016, published by the Water and Waste Services Regulatory Agency (ERSAR), “confirms that water for human consumption in continental Portugal is of excellent quality.”
Portugal “maintains the level of excellence with a safe water indicator of 99 percent, and can guarantee that the population can drink water from the tap with confidence,” ERSAR said.
Last year, ERSAR carried out 50 inspections to check compliance with the legal water quality requirements and of the total, 84 percent of all inspections were carried out in the north and centre of the country.
In the north and centre “there are still some specific water quality problems, usually in small supply areas,” said ERSAR.
“The disciplinary proceedings instituted were essentially based on non-compliance with administrative deadlines for reporting breaches to ERSAR and the health authorities,” it added.
In 2016, the 15 water management bodies that sell water to municipalities continued to show results above the target of 99 percent, with a safe water indicator of 99.73 percent.
About 90 percent of non-compliance occurred in small supply areas serving less than 5,000 people (serving just 14 percent of the population overall).

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Edition 1453
09 December 2017
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