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The Government is debating how much money should be spent to improve water quality.The talks follow warnings from water industry watchdog Ofwat that spending may need to rocket to £45,000 million by the end of the century to implement European directives.Ofwat said this may be too much of a burden on water customers.Pressure to review the legislation has come from Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, who believes water standards should not be set by Brussels.As part of the UK's presidency of the European Commission he has asked all government departments to examine areas where EC power could be curtailed.He is understood to want to repeal directives on bathing and drinking water which are now part of the UK law.But the Department of the Environment argues that repealing the laws would throw up major technical problems.Water quality and bathing standards came into force in 1985 but Britain has until 1995 to met the strict quality limits.Officials at the DoE want Whitehall to focus on directives in the pipeline rather than those that have already been enshrined in law.Last month Ofwat called on national watchdog agencies from the National Rivers Authority to the Drinking Water Inspectorate to look at the cost of attainable water quality.