Water Resources Act

Applies to EnglandApplies to Wales

Title: Water Resources Act

Category: England and Wales Law

Date: 1991

Reference: 1991 Chapter 57  [Full text]

General Description:

This Act aims to prevent and minimise pollution of water. The policing of this act is the responsibility of the Environment Agency. Under the act it is an offence to cause or knowingly permit any poisonous, noxious or polluting material, or any solid waste to enter any controlled water.

Silt and soil from eroded areas are included in the definition of polluting material. If eroded soil is found to be polluting a water body or watercourse, the Environment Agency may prevent or clear up the pollution, and recover the damages from the landowner or responsible person.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Agricultural Pollution, Water, Waste, Soil Erosion

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