Drinking Water

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is responsible for various policy areas in the Federal Republic of Germany, essential ones of which are reflected in the naming of the ministry. Until 1986, three different ministries within the Federal Government were responsible for environmental concerns: the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health. Then, in the middle of the same year, a single government authority for the federal environmental policy was created for the first time, the then Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). In the course of the following decades, additional responsibilities were temporarily transferred to the authority, such as  including urban development, housing, rural infrastructure, public building law, construction as well as federal buildings, which also led to name changes thoughout the years (e.g. BMUB between 2013 and 2018). Meanwhile, the ministry has returned to its original name and the abbreviated designation BMU. For more than 30 years now its main task has remained unchanged however: to ensure the protection of the population from environmental toxins and radiation, the wise and economical use of raw materials, the protection of the climate and the use of natural resources in a way that preserves the diversity of animal and plant species and their habitats. A key responsibility is to prepare legislation in order to design the legal framework in the areas of responsibility. This also includes shaping regulatory law and transposing EU directives into national law. Furthermore, this includes the financial promotion of research and development, support for the market introduction of innovative technologies, cooperation at national and international level, and communication for broad social participation and acceptance in the protection and careful use of the environment and resources.

DVGW-Water Technology Center (TZW)

TZW: DVGW-Technologiezentrum Wasser - the German Water Centre – is part of DVGW e.V. , the German Gas and Waterworks Association. Based on comprehensive research activities and practical experiences TZW develops solutions for all areas of national and international water management issues from resource protection via water abstraction and treatment to distribution up to consumers’ tap.

Federal Association of the German Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)

The BDEW is the representation of the German gas supplying companies, water supplying companies and waste water management companies in political, economic, legal and technical questions. Over 1,200 German supply companies are members of BDEW. Thus, with respect to natural gas, BDEW represents the entire supply chain in Germany, i.e. from production and importation to final distribution. The BDEW's range of work for its member companies comprises political representation of interests, legal advice, professional education and conferences, marketing and public relations, press work, statistics, and economic and technical/economic analyses.

German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA)

The DWA is a politically and economically independent organisation working in the fields of water management, sewage, waste and soil conservation. The main activities of DWA are preparing and updating the DWA standards and engaging in national and international cooperation to draft special standards.

German Working Group on Water Issues of the Federal States and the Federal Government (LAWA)

The LAWA is the German Working Group on water issues of the Federal States and the Federal Government represented by the Federal Environment Ministry. The aims of the Working Group of the Federal States on water issues are to discuss in detail questions arising in the areas of water management and water legislation, to formulate solutions and to put forward recommendations for their implementation. In addition however, topical questions in the national, supranational and international sphere are also adopted, discussed on a broad basis and the findings submitted to the relevant organisations. LAWA is a committee of the German Environment Ministers' Conference (UMK).