Bathing water survey
Since 1990, RIVM has been collecting data on health issues caused by contact with bathing water by conducting a periodic survey.
Clean water contributes to a healthy life. For instance, clean drinking water contributes to a healthy diet. In the Netherlands, tap water is so clean of such high quality that you can actually drink it straight from the tap without worrying about quality or safety. RIVM works closely together with drinking water companies and government authorities to provide clean, healthy drinking water for everyone.
RIVM has identified the micro-organisms that can make people sick by contact with bathing water and to what extent climate change might have an influence on that risk. Climate factors, such as temperature, UV radiation and precipitation, influence the physiology of pathogens. These climate change factors can cause pathogens to die faster, survive longer, or proliferate more rapidly. This will affect the chance that pathogens will cause diseases when people come into contact with bathing water.