Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Almost any type of solid, liquid or gaseous substance can cause water pollution. However, there are practical ways you can minimise the risk of causing a water pollution incident.
If you have a pollution prevention and control permit or waste management licence some of these measures may be included as conditions of your permit or licence, which you must comply with.
It is important that you store and handle materials in a responsible way. For example, you should:
If you store oil, such as petrol or diesel, in containers there are certain legal requirements that you may need to comply with. See our guideline: Oil Storage
Put in place measures to prevent uncontrolled releases or leaks from causing pollution. For example, you should:
GPP2: Above ground oil storage tanks (Adobe PDF)
Be prepared for an accident at your site. For example, you should:
You may be liable for pollution that occurs as a result of damage caused by intruders.
See our guideline: Pollution incident response planning
Practical ways you can prevent water pollution
A day with Hydrology, SEPA's hydrometry unit is responsible for around 400 gauging stations and 350 rainfall monitoring sites. River gauging stations are important as they allow river levels to be monitored so flood events can be predicted and flood warnings sent out.
Brewing and Distilling Technical Drop-in Day: Waste, Water, Energy, Brewing and Distilling is booming due to high demand for quality Scottish beers and spirits. All this growth is also leading to a boom in food waste, energy and water use.
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