Infographic: Quality of England’s rivers continues to fall

While the number of serious pollution incidents fell steadily between 2001 and 2016, the quality of UK rivers has continued to decline, according to figures from the Environment Agency

While the number of serious pollution incidents fell steadily between 2001 and 2016, the quality of UK rivers has continued to decline, according to figures from the Environment Agency (EA).

The major sources of river pollution are leaks from sewage systems and runoff from agricultural land.

The number of pollution incidents rated as “serious” in the agricultural sector has fallen from 736 in 2001 to 266 in 2016, while the number connected to the water industry has fallen from 98 to 51 in the same period (see figure 2).

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