The Drinking Water Directive: ECI's Contribution

The European Copper Institute (ECI) strongly supports measures that help to improve the quality of water intended for human consumption. ECI therefore is in favour of EU-wide standards that help understanding and reduce sources of chemical and/or biological contamination in drinking water systems. This document outlines three main topics to be addressed in this context.

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Effects Based Methods for metals under the Water Framework Directive

Effects Based Methods are a promising new tool, and are considered for use under the Water Framework Directive. Effects Based Methods are a holistic approach which could assess the risks of chemical substances more accurately. Substances are grouped by their mode of action, and specific methods are subsequently developed based on this mode of action to establish a trigger value. This allows for regulating substances with the same mode of action.

This report evaluates the use of 13 Effects Based Methods that might be considered for regulating metals under the Water Framework Directive. Each Effects Based Method was evaluated with respect to three criteria that are critical when considering such methods for regulatory use. These criteria include specificity, sensitivity (to metals and to other classes of toxicants), and the link to higher levels of biological organisation.

The evaluation concludes that that each of the available methods has at least one significant limitation. Therefore, Effects Based Methods are today not well suited for regulating metals under the Water Framework Directive. Additionally, since metals are easily and routinely measured, the added benefit of developing Effects Based Methods for metals is unclear. Instead, it is recommended to further focus on developing bioavailability models for metals mixtures. Such models would be a more practical and cost-effective tool to assess metals under the Water Framework Directive in a holistic way.

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¿Cómo debe ser una buena instalación?

El cobre cumple todos los requisitos exigibles para una buena instalación de agua, gas y calefacción: excelente en sus propiedades mecánicas, impermeable y resistente a la mayoría de agentes externos, universal y apto para cualquier tipo de aplicación, protectora de la salud, reciclable, sostenible..

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"A New Energy Market Design for an Energy Union that Delivers on Demand Side Flexibility and Efficiency First"

ECI & actors from Europe’s energy sector, July 2015

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Preguntas frecuentes sobre las propiedades antimicrobianas del cobre

Este folleto responde a las principales cuestiones relacionadas con las propiedades antimicrobianas: evidencias científicas, verificación independiente, aplicaciones, limpieza, estética, coste, etc.

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Comments and socio economic analysis for copper alloys. ECI's input into the public consultation on the proposal for a restriction of lead and its compounds in articles intended for consumer use

ECI, February 2014

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10 buenas razones para usar cobre: ¡Una buena elección para toda la vida!

El tubo de cobre es un material de referencia para todo tipo de instalaciones de los edificios modernos y en el desarrollo de una construcción más sana y ecológica. Su total fiabilidad ha sido probada durante muchas décadas por millones de viviendas en las que se han instalado tuberías de cobre.

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¿Problemas en su instalación?

Manual de consulta que ofrece soluciones rápidas y seguras a los problemas con los que puede enfrentarse un instalador diariamente.

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15 years in the Capital of Europe

This publication highlights the main achievements of ECI, plus its network of Copper Development Associations, throughout the last 15 years. Items are divided into those that have helped to grow and defend markets for copper products and those focused on maintaining the industry’s market access and licence to operate.

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