Types of water pollution
Human activities like agriculture, industry and sewage discharges pollute our water environment. Pollution occurs both in the countryside and within our towns and cities. Improving urban rivers will enhance our quality of life and contribute to growth and urban regeneration. In our urban areas pollution comes from our homes and lifestyles.
Water quality impacts of misconnections
Discharges from sewage misconnections contain a range of pollutants that can have very significant impacts because they bypass sewage treatment. In many urban streams it can be difficult to understand the true impacts because of the combined effects of other types of pollution such as run-off from roads. Misconnections cause failures in water quality standards required by the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and revised Bathing Water Directive (rBWD).