EC FOOD LEGISLATION Drinking Water Quality Council Directive 98/83/EC of 3 November1998 has been published concerning the quality of water intended for human consumption.This Directive repeals Directive 80/778/EEC from 5 years after its entry into force (25December 2003) and Member States must take the measures necessary to ensure that thequality of water complies with this Directive within 5 years, other than for the bromate,lead and trihalomethanes parameters, which have extended compliance deadlines. MemberStates must implement the provisions of this Directive within 2 years of its entry intoforce; the provisions of the Directive will not apply until a Member State has implementedit and all measures have been taken to ensure compliance.