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Water pollution

Local authorities and the Environment Agency have powers to prevent pollution of water and in certain cases where pollution has occurred to require the person responsible to prevent further pollution.

We work with the Environment Agency in a number of ways to prevent or control water pollution. This is done by prompt reporting of incidents, ensuring that emissions from industries controlled by the council are properly controlled and by preventing pollution of water by dealing with any contamination of land.

Local authorities and the Environment Agency regulate emissions of pollutants to water from certain specified industries through environmental permits.  They can also require clean up in certain circumstances where water pollution is caused by contaminated land.

Most pollution incidents of streams, rivers or groundwater will be regulated by the Environment Agency.​

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