During wet weather, rainwater runs off our car park into a small pond. I am concerned that the runoff might contain pollutants such as oil but as far as I can see, rainwater runoff is not covered by environmental or water legislation. Is there more that we should be doing to protect the local water environment?

Q

During wet weather, rainwater runs off our car park into a small pond. I am concerned that the runoff might contain pollutants such as oil but as far as I can see, rainwater runoff is not covered by environmental or water legislation. Is there more that we should be doing to protect the local water environment?

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In summary, it all comes down to whether the runoff from your car park could possibly be contaminated. Runoff may contain pollutants such as:

  • oil and fuel

  • hydraulic fluids

  • suspended solids

  • grease

  • antifreeze.

According to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, an environmental permit is required for any water discharge activity, which is defined as

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