Exemptions from chemical quality requirements for household water
A facility supplying household water must apply to the Regional State Administrative Agency for a permission if the water the facility supplies does not meet the chemical quality requirements. The same applies to a water owner who takes household water using the water user’s own equipment, if the water does not meet the chemical quality requirements. We will grant an exemption for the duration of corrective measures, if household water cannot be obtained in another reasonable way and the exemption does not harm health. The exemption must be limited to as short a period as possible, up to a maximum of three years.
The exemption application is free in form, but it must contain the following information:
- reason for the exemption
- variable for which an exemption from the maximum value is sought
- previous control study results
- maximum content for which approval is sought
- water supply area covered by the exemption application
- average and maximum amount of water supplied to the water supply area on a daily basis
- number of water users in the water supply area
- food premises using the water for which water quality is essential
- water quality monitoring plan
- plan for corrective measures, including timetables and cost estimates
- requested duration of the exemption.
Send the application to your local Regional State Administrative Agency’s registry. The municipal health protection authority will issue an opinion on your application to the Regional State Administrative Agency. In addition, we will request an opinion from the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment to see if changes in the water supply will be needed in order to bring water quality into line with the requirements. Where necessary, we will also ask the municipal food control authority for an opinion on any effects on food safety.
If the exemption is granted, we will inform the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of the matter. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will then inform the European Commission of the exemption if the facility supplies more than 1000 m³ of water per day or supplies water to at least 5,000 people.
We can grant an exemption for a second period of up to three years for a special reason. In this case, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will submit to the European Commission a report and justification for the need for a second exemption. You should apply for the second period of the exemption in the same way as the first one.