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The Drinking Water Directive (Council Directive 98/83/EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption) concerns the quality of water intended for human consumption. Its objective is to protect human health from adverse effects of any contamination of water intended for human consumption by ensuring that it is wholesome and clean.
Since the 1970s, the EU has had rules in place to safeguard public health and clean bathing waters. The revised Bathing Water Directive (BWD) of 2006 updated and simplified these rules. It requires Members States to monitor and assess the bathing water for at least two parameters of (faecal) bacteria. In addition, they must inform the public about bathing water quality and beach management, through the so-called bathing water profiles. These profiles contain for instance information on the kind of pollution and sources that affect the quality of the bathing water and are a risk to bathers' health (such as waste water discharges).
In this light, the Commission introduced a symbol on bathing water classification in 2011.

The BWD also complements other environmental policy:

Council Directive 91/271/EEC concerning urban waste water treatment was adopted on 21 May 1991 to protect the water environment from the adverse effects of discharges of urban waste water and from certain industrial discharges. On 27 February 1998 the Commission issued Directive 98/15/EC amending Directive 91/271/EEC to clarify the requirements of the Directive in relation to discharges from urban waste water treatment plants to sensitive areas which are subject to eutrophication. This had the effect of amending Table 2 of Annex I.
Commission Decision 2014/413/EU was adopted on 26 June 2014 and replaces the Commission Decision 93/481/EEC on 28 July 1993. It defines the information that Member States should provide the Commission when reporting on the state of implementation of the Directive according to Article 17, and specifies the format in which the information should be provided. This Decision was adopted in accordance with Article 18 of the Directive.
The full text of these pieces of legislation can be found by following the links below:

The Nitrates Directive (1991) aims to protect water quality across Europe by preventing nitrates from agricultural sources polluting ground and surface waters and by promoting the use of good farming practices.
The Nitrates Directive forms an integral part of the Water Framework Directive and is one of the key instruments in the protection of waters against agricultural pressures.

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