Code Of Practice 12 Water Quality

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  • 1. Code of Practice 12:Water Quality
  • 2. Aims to protect and drive continuous improvement in water quality and aquatic environments
  • 3. Land activities
    Pollution of water & cumulative effects to be considered where pollutants are released
    Removal of contaminated water to an artificial wetland may be required so that nutrients can be removed
  • 4. Definitions
    Surface water: fresh water that is visible above ground
    Groundwater: water that exists in the pore spaces and fractures in rock and sediment beneath the Earth's surface
    Mixing zone: an area of water where pollutants from a point source discharge are mixed with cleaner water.
  • 5. Releasing pollutants into surface water& groundwater
    Considerations:
    Effects on flora / fauna
    Recreational impact
    Impact on water quality objectives for areas outside mixing zone
    Cumulative effects
  • 6. Responsibilities
    Discharges of pollution should not:
    Cause the loss of sea grass or other native aquatic vegetationor animals
    Cause an increase in non-native species or algae
    Make the water harmful or offensive
    Increase turbidity
  • 7. The competent authority may consider whether a polluter needs to monitor their emissions
  • 8. Impact monitoring
    Looking at the impacts of water pollution on humans, nature, businesses and the economy etc.
    Required for:
    Large scale activities
    Hazardous activities
    To assess future disposal strategies
    Where there is concern