Temporary water discharges from excavations

This publication was withdrawn on 1 February 2016

This publication been replaced by guidance on dewatering building sites and other excavations: environmental permits.

Environment Agency regulatory position statement for temporary dewatering excavations such as for construction activities.



This guidance explains requirements which permit you to discharge uncontaminated water from excavations.

The full list of requirements must be met for an application for an environmental permit to not be needed. Any discharge must not be contaminated and must not cause pollution or be be into or near a protected site.

‘Temporary’ means up to a maximum of 3 consecutive months.

This regulatory position statement is frequently reviewed and may change. .