Policy paper

2010 to 2015 government policy: water quality

How the government is improving the quality of our rivers and inland water-bodies.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



This policy paper shows the policy of the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.

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Published 9 April 2013
Last updated 8 May 2015 + show all updates
  1. Policy document from the 2010 to 2015 government preserved in a different format for reference
  2. Updated the section on Septic tanks and small sewage treatment systems as new guidance available on what you need to do if you have a septic tank or sewage treatment plan.
  3. Septic tanks and small sewage treatment systems section updated to reflect the new approach to how small sewage discharges are regulated announced today.
  4. Updated to include latest consultation on draft river basin and flood risk plans.
  5. Added section on catchment based approach.
  6. Updated to reflect that a government response outlining the way forward for septic tanks and small sewage treatment systems permitting has been published.
  7. Updated to reflect that small sewage discharge consultation has now published summary of responses.
  8. Updated bathing water section to reflect that a new bathing water collection bringing together information for bathers and local authorities now exists.
  9. Updated to reflect that we are currently inviting comments on the guidance for the latest round of river basin management plans.
  10. Updated to reflect that we are now consulting on how we regulate small sewage discharges.
  11. Updated bathing waters section and water framework directive to include Environment Agency's role.
  12. Updated information on groundwater.
  13. Updated information on misconnections.
  14. Revised information under the 'Septic tanks and small sewage treatment systems' heading.
  15. Included section on slurry management and storage.
  16. Updated bathing waters entry on supporting page: Planning for better water to reflect that compliance reports for 2013 have now been published.
  17. Updated the pesticides section within the "Reducing and controlling agricultural pollution" supporting page - adding information on how we are reducing the risk of polluting water sources and drinking water from pesticides.
  18. First published.