A water supply system is constructed, commissioned, decommissioned, structurally and structurally modified or the ownership or right of use is transferred.
The aim of the Drinking Water Ordinance (TrinkwV) is to ensure that the water supplied to consumers is of high quality in microbiological, chemical and physical terms. This is intended to protect human health from adverse effects that may result from the contamination of drinking water.
The operators of water supply systems are responsible for the impeccable quality of the drinking water they supply.
They must ensure this by carrying out their own tests on the drinking water. The scope of testing covers microbiological, chemical and physical parameters. The tests may only be carried out by test centers approved for drinking water testing, which are approved following an inspection by the competent body under state law. In Bavaria, the State Office for Health and Food Safety is designated as the competent body under state law in accordance with Section 69a of the Competence Ordinance. This office publishes the current list of approved drinking water testing laboratories on its website.
Irrespective of this, the water supply systems are officially monitored by the health authorities.
The Drinking Water Ordinance stipulates that consumers must be informed about the quality of drinking water at least once a year by the operator of the water supply system by means of suitable and up-to-date information material. Individual results of the drinking water tests must be made available to the affected consumers on request in accordance with Section 45 (3) sentence 4 TrinkwV. In the case of water treatment, the obligation to provide information also includes the treatment substances and disinfection processes used. Furthermore, consumers must be informed of any exceptionally permitted deviations from the requirements of the Drinking Water Ordinance or restrictions on use.