Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

More ways to prevent water pollution

Preventing water pollution in different circumstances, and for a range of business sectors.

Additional resources

If you excavate coal, metal ores or other minerals, you may expose rocks and minerals that contain sulphur. If sulphur mixes with water and oxygen it can cause groundwater to become acidic. This is called acid mine drainage (AMD).
 >> Read our guidance on preventing water pollution from acid mine drainage.


You will need to pre-treat most effluent from tanneries before you discharge it to sewer. You will need to extensively treat effluent before you discharge it to a watercourse.

>> Read our guidance on effluent treatment plants for leather businesses

Read more about working close to water when landscaping - Working close to water - Landscaping

Read more about working close to water at golf facilities - Working close to water at golf facilities

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