On the initiative of the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, the Cabinet today decided
to introduce legislation to add arsenic to drinking water supplies to bring levels up to
levels listed under the EU Drinking Water Directive.
"We currently add fluoride to the water in an attempt to achieve the parametric value of 1.5
mg/l as listed in Annex I (B) of the Directive" the Minister said this afternoon. "In the same vein, we intend to bring arsenic levels up to 10 μg/l."
"This is a public measure which we believe no right-thinking person will oppose. We have
had fluoride in the water for over 50 years now, and there has hardly been a squeak out of
"We are also currently examining levels of cyanide, cadmium and mercury to ensure they achieve
the maximum parametric levels under the Directive."
"We look forward to implementing these cost-effective remedial measures for the public
without undue delay."
Drinking Water Directive