Water pollution can seriously damage ecosystems.
Standards have been introduced that not only protect resources that contribute directly to public health and nutrition but also allow a greater number of species to prosper in rivers and other waters.
The Environment Agency is responsible for protecting the cleanliness and purity of watercourses and regulating emissions from prescribed industrial processes.
Anyone discharging waste products into a watercourse or supply must have a consent permit from the Agency.
To report a water pollution incident, or if you're concerned about the colour, odour or condition of a watercourse near you, contact the Environment Agency on its 24-hour hotline 0800 80 70 60.