Pollution of groundwater rivers, lakes and streams

Our water resources such as rivers and lakes can become polluted in a number of different ways including:

  • illegal discharge of wastes
  • leaching of historical contamination such as colliery spoil or
  • by misuse of fertilizers or plant feed

The Environment Agency is the primary enforcing authority that deals with pollution of water resources.

If you suspect that sewage, or other pollutants, are being discharged into a watercourse it is important that you report your concerns as soon as possible to the Environment Agency on their incident hotline on 0800 807 060. They may be able to investigate the problem and minimise the impact on the environment.