Protecting groundwater when developing or expanding cemeteries during coronavirus

How to avoid causing groundwater pollution from increased burials during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.



This guidance is for local authorities or other cemetery operators to follow during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It covers avoiding groundwater pollution when proposing to:

  • develop new cemeteries
  • expand existing cemeteries

Without taking steps to mitigate the risks, increases in burials can present a risk to the environment. The Environment Agency is putting robust processes in place to protect people and the environment.

Published 1 May 2020