Water quality in Wales has improved significantly over the past two decades. Find out about bathing water quality near you
Improving water quality
We need to improve the quality of water in Wales’s rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwaters so that it meets the standards required by the EU Water Framework Directive.
River Basin Management Plans Published 2015 - 2021
The Western Wales River Basin Management Plan and the Dee River Basin Management plan have been approved by Ministers and published on our website. The Habitats Regulation Assessments have been undertaken and concluded no likely significant effect. Both assessments are also published.
Metal mine water pollution in Wales
Find out what causes mine water pollution in Wales, its effect on rivers and what we’re doing about it.
Shellfish Water Protected Areas
The Water Framework Directive requires specification of protected areas for those areas designated for the protection of economically significant species. This list are those protected areas previously designated under the repealed Shellfish Waters Directive which are now specified under the Water Framework Directive.