Environmental management – collection

Water discharge returns

How to complete a water discharge return.

Some water discharge activity permits issued by the Environment Agency require customers to monitor the quality of the effluent being discharged, and return details of the results from this monitoring to the Environment Agency.

The Generic Operator Returns (GOR) system enables Environment Agency customers to submit monitoring return data via the internet. The Water Discharge Returns component of the system was originally introduced to support Operator Self Monitoring (OSM) activity by the water utility companies, but it can also be used to submit a wide variety of environmental monitoring and compliance sampling data to the Environment Agency.

Submit online: GOR login

If you have registered to submit your returns using GOR, you can use the link to access the system.

If you have not registered to submit your return online you will need to contact the Environment Agency so they can set up your login details. Telephone: 03708 506 506 (call charges).

Start: Submit your water discharge return using GOR

Water discharge returns file format: XML schema

The XML schema defines the data format required by the GOR system. A technical guidance note and example file are provided to help generate your own XML file. You will also need to refer to the spreadsheet of picklist values.

  1. Water discharge returns: XML schema and supporting documents

    • Guidance