Protect groundwater and prevent groundwater pollution

Understand when your activities affect groundwater, what permissions you may need and how to prevent pollution.



Use this guide to understand:

  • what groundwater is and how your activity might affect it
  • permissions you need to discharge to or abstract from groundwater
  • how vulnerable your location is to groundwater pollution
  • the designated groundwater protection zones

This guidance is for planners, applicants for environmental permits and abstraction licences, and landowners concerned with the quality and quantity of groundwater.

Published 14 March 2017