What the UK has done to improve waste water treatment and meet its commitments under the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.
Proper collection, treatment and discharge of waste water, and correct disposal or re-use of the resulting sludge helps to protect and improve water quality in the UK.
This document provides a general description of the present situation, monitoring and investment, and explains how individuals can help to reduce water pollution.
It also explains how waste water is treated in the UK and what action is being taken to improve this. It fulfils the UK’s obligations under Article 16 of the European Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive to periodically produce national situation reports on the collection and treatment of waste water, and on the re-use or disposal of the by-product of this treatment, sewage sludge.
29 January 2016: amended map added. This map shows the revised sensitive area that has been designated for the Witham and Chelmsford catchment, as identified under the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.