A technical consultation took place on Monday between the Brussels water company Vivaqua, Brussels Environment and Minister Alain Maron about the presence of PFAS in drinking water. The Maron cabinet confirmed this on Monday evening. There it is repeated that the situation is “completely reassuring”.
Two weeks ago it became known that Flemish Environment Minister Zuhal Demir had informed her Walloon and Brussels colleagues at the beginning of this year about increased PFAS levels in drinking water in Halle. The water was supplied by the Brussels water company Vivaqua from a Walloon water basin.
Brussels Minister Maron said last week that the water collected and distributed in the capital has never exceeded the future European standard of 100 nanograms of PFAS per liter (100ng/l). This standard will apply throughout the European Union from 2026, but in Brussels from 2024.
According to Maron, the meeting on Monday afternoon was about, among other things, the implementation of that European standard and any future or interim targets. The consultation will be expanded to the other regions.
“Access to quality drinking water is a fundamental right and protecting the health of Brussels residents is a priority for the minister and for the operators,” Maron told Belga.