Water industry


  1. Septic tanks and treatment plants: permits and general binding rules

    How to apply for an environmental permit or qualify for an exemption for a home septic tank or treatment plant - permits, exceptions, application forms and fees

  2. Check the quality of your drinking water

    Your tap water should be clear and bright - water quality advice, reporting problems, how to complain

  3. Check the quality of beach and bathing water in England

    Find out how clean the water is on beaches and in other bathing areas in England, and if there is a problem with pollution

  4. Application to use herbicides in or near water

    Use this form if you plan to use herbicides to control weeds in water or on the banks next to a waterbody or watercourse.

  5. Water abstraction: transfer an abstraction or impoundment licence

    Application form to transfer an abstraction licence or impoundment licence.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Access the public register for environmental information
  2. Discharges to surface water and groundwater: environmental permits
  3. General binding rules: small sewage discharge to a surface water
  4. General binding rules: small sewage discharge to the ground
  5. Manage your water abstraction or impoundment licence online
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News and communications

  1. National Drought Group – Chairman’s Statement: 19 November
  2. 388 top-rated beaches after scorching summer boosts visitors to seaside
  3. Speech - Climate change: too true to be good
  4. National Drought Group – Chairman’s Statement – September 2018
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Research and statistics

  1. Water situation: national monthly reports for England 2018
  2. Bathing waters in England: compliance reports
  3. London basin chalk aquifer annual status report
  4. Recommendations to inform a UK ocean acidification monitoring strategy
  5. Groundwater source protection zones (SPZs)
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Draft National Policy Statement for Water Resources Infrastructure
  2. National FCERM strategy: Strategic Environmental Assessment scoping report
  3. National policy statement for water resources: infrastructure types and sizes
  4. The Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (England) Regulations 2015
  5. Water supply and sewerage licencing regime: standard licence conditions
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Catchment Restoration Fund: Environment Agency summary report 2014 to 2015
  2. The Waterways Ombudsman
  3. Economics of shale gas
  4. Numbers working in water-related areas and flood risk management
  5. Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) files regarding 3 prosecutions
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