ARCHIVE: Key Facts about: Inland Water Quality and Use
Serious pollution incident sources: 2002 to 2008
England and Wales
|Domestic and residential||75||71||44||45||41||33||31|
|Waste management facilities||212||161||204||151||124||159||146|
|Sewage and water industry||181||217||144||166||141||104||70|
In 2008 waste management facilities were responsible for almost two thirds of all the serious (category 1 and 2) air pollution incidents and for 28 per cent of serious land pollution incidents. Overall, the waste sector was responsible of 20 per cent of all serious pollution incidents. The most common waste materials responsible for such incidents were; asbestos, vehicle parts and household rubbish.
Agriculture caused 16 per cent of all serious pollution incidents, with the sewage and water industry causing a further 10 per cent. Other industries also caused 10 per cent of all serious pollution incidents
For many pollution incidents the source cannot be identified.
- Environment Agency
- Internet Links:
- For national and local information see:
- England and Wales: Environment Agency - Pollution Incidents
- Scotland: Scottish Environment Protection Agency - Water Pollution Incidents
- Northern Ireland: Environment and Heritage Service - Water Pollution
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Page last modified: 14 January 2010
Page published: 15 February 2006