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Implementing the EU Drinking Water Directive: Exploring the Impact of the Consumer

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  • J.O. Jenkins
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-61
JournalWater and Environment Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2005


Effective implementation is crucial to the success of public policy. This paper focuses on the implementation of the EU Drinking Water Directive (80/778/EEC) in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland. It demonstrates that the consumer can both positively and negatively affect implementation. It is concluded that, if water providers and regulators wish to improve their ability to shape and effectively implement water policy, they must engage with the consumer in a more informative and educational manner.


‘The definitive version is available at '. Copyright Blackwell Publishing / CIWEM DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2005.tb00549.x [Full text of this article is not available in the UHRA]

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