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Background report | Water Services and Climate Change
04 September 2019 | DWP, D-LeaP
Untapped: Promoting tap water in Europe

Tap water is an excellent beverage option. Stringent requirements set in EU legislation, and 99% compliance, ensure its quality. Costing an average of about €2 for a year’s drinking supply, it is an affordable option, at least fifty times cheaper than bottled water.

The ecological footprint is also low as it does not produce single-use plastic waste and does not require any greenhouse gas-generating ground or air transport. In other words, tap water is an alternative available 24 hours a day, delivered directly to us and good for our health, our finances and the planet.