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Disposal of contaminated water (May 2018)

Protocol for the disposal of contaminated water and associated wastes at incidents

Jointly issued by the Environment Agency, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Water UK and Chief Fire Officers Association.

The purpose of this protocol is to provide guidance for dealing with contaminated water and associated solid wastes arising from washwaters, firewater run-off, spillages and contaminated potable water, which could cause harm to human health, pollute the environment and/or damage the sewage treatment process. The protocol forms the basis of guidance to the emergency services and Local Authorities in developing their own plans and procedures.