Environmental and Major Water Pollution
This could be a biological substances release or a pollution incident impacting on controlled watercourses, such as a chemical spillage or release or untreated sewage.
Impacts might include:
- Ill health.
- Persistent and/or extensive impact on water quality.
- Damage to wildlife and the environment.
- Economic impact to agriculture and tourism economy.
Who can be affected?
Those at risk of contamination include:
- Public using the amenity.
- Businesses operating on or by the immediate watercourse and downstream of the occurrence.
- Providers of drinking water using abstracted water.
- The aquatic environment.
What are we doing in County Durham and Darlington?
We work together to:
- Understand the risks.
- Reduce the risk through provision of advice and regulation.
- Develop multi-agency plans for sites and situations posing a risk to the environment.
- Test and exercise those plans.
- Look out for and observe advice and guidance from the NHS, water companies and Environment Agency.
- If you are vulnerable, register with your water company as a vulnerable customer.
- If you see anything that poses a risk or notice a pollution incident, notify the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.
Where can you get further information?
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/pollution/water/ [external link]
Public Health England
http://www.hpa.org.uk/ [external link]
Northumbrian Water - Your Home [external link]