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Prevention and Control of Water Pollution

UK Legislation

A range of legislation deals with different aspects of water pollution control. There are different laws for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

England & Wales

Water Pollution Incidents

Water Pollution Offences

Controlling Polluting Activities: Environmental Permits etc

River Basin Planning under the Water Framework Directive

Water Quality Standards


Water Pollution Offences

Getting Involved - Scotland

Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website gives details of relevant laws.

European Legislation

The European Community set out water pollution as a priority matter at its First Action Programme on the Environment in 1973. Since then, a number of European directives have been introduced to reduce and control pollution in European waters. They are listed in the law search.

International Water Pollution Legislation

International law deals mostly with marine pollution.

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