Pollution control - water
The Environment Agency is responsible for maintaining or
improving the quality of fresh, marine, surface and underground
water in England and Wales.
They aim to prevent or reduce the risk of water pollution
wherever possible, and to ensure that it gets cleaned up if
pollution occurs that might lead to effects on ecosystems or
The Drinking Water Inspectorate, or DWI, has overall interests
for the quality of water in our taps, for which Environmental
Health Services has local responsibility.
Diffuse water pollution
What is diffuse water pollution? Diffuse water pollution can
arise from many sources. These are generally dispersed and diverse
in nature. Individually the sources may be small, but their
collective impact can be damaging. Diffuse pollution can be derived
from current and past land use in both agricultural and urban
environments. It can also include atmospheric deposition.
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