Safe Water in Iceland

The national framework for safe drinking water in Iceland sets out legislated roles and responsibilities for key actors. In the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, we analyze implementation performance and conclude the main components are in place, including water quality surveillance and mandatory water safety plans. However, enforcement of legal requirements and guidance by central authorities need improvement. Lessons are transferable to other European nations and provide insight into the development of national frameworks for water safety.

Gunnarsdottir, Maria J., Sigurdur M. Gardarsson, and Jamie Bartram. 2015. “Developing a National Framework for Safe Drinking water – Case Study from Iceland.” International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 218: 196–202. doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2014.10.003.