The Environmental Investment Center has paid over 270 million euros to environmental projects this year, much of it to improve tap water quality.
According to Anti Tooming, a water specialist at the Ministry of the Environment, it will still take another 100 million euros to restore water pipes in Estonia, a process that should be completed in a couple of years.
Tap water in Estonia has generally scored fair in evaluations by health specialists, reported ERR radio.
A major problem continues to be the high iron content in water. However, it poses no risk to human health, according to the Health Board's Küllike Birk. Detectable in water by its yellowish color and noticeable smell, iron often enters the water from rusty pipes. It and other dissolved solids like magnesium and calcium add to the hardness of Estonian water and damage home appliances.
Water quality is worst in western Estonia, but this is due to a high fluoride content, causing dental fluorosis in some people. This region will be the initial focus for planned improvements.