Find out how we protect and manage groundwater.
Sewage effluent discharges to ground, land spreading of waste sheep dip and waste pesticides washing are permitted under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR).
Find out if you need an environmental permit and how to apply:
How we manage groundwater
Our water resources are not just rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Our largest resources are underground.
The Environment Agency has a duty to manage the use of groundwater. We balance the need to supply consumers with the need to preserve the environment, protect it from pollution and over-abstraction, and where it is already polluted we clean it up. We achieve this by:
- promoting sustainable development
- legislation and regulation
- information and education
- investigation and monitoring
Our GP3 document describes how we manage and protect groundwater, both now and for the future.
Our groundwater tools page has links to some of the tools we use to manage and improve groundwater: