Drinking Water Protection Zones

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There is considerable legislation to protect surface and ground waters which impacts upon how land and farm businesses are managed. It also sets standards for construction of farm facilities and the use of fertilisers, chemicals and manures. Advice programmes are available to farmers to help them understand the issues and implement solutions to prevent water pollution.

The Code of Good Agricultural Practice on protecting water soil and air provides an overview.

Drinking Water Protection Zones

These are split into three risk categories based on the time taken for water, and any pollutants within it, to reach drinking water abstraction points.

These have been established as part of the Water Framework Directive.

There is more detailed information in the Environment Agency’s ‘What’s in Your Backyard for Farmers’

Anyone proposing new buildings or outdoor production sites should consult these maps first, as these may influence decisions made.

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF)

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) is a scheme run by Natural England in partnership with the Environment Agency and Defra.

It raises awareness of diffuse water pollution from agriculture (DWPA) by giving free training and advice to farmers in selected areas in England to improve the environmental performance of farms. The selected areas are called ‘priority catchments’.

Free advice and training

For information on how to get free advice and training to reduce diffuse water pollution from farming and claim for grants under the Capital Grant Scheme, click here