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Surface Waters and Groundwater
What are Drinking Water Safeguard Zones?
These are catchment areas that influence the water quality at drinking water abstractions which are at risk of failing the drinking water protection objectives.
These non-statutory Safeguard Zones are where action to address water contamination will be targeted, so that extra treatment by water companies can be avoided. Safeguard Zones are a joint initiative between the Environment Agency and water companies. Safeguard Zones are one of the main tools for delivering the drinking water protection objectives of the Water Framework Directive.
Note: there is no risk to the drinking water quality at your tap because there is a robust regulatory framework in place to ensure that water company supplied drinking water is of wholesome quality.
New Safeguard Zones are added as required where new risks are identified. Please contact your local Environment Agency Area office for more information. If you click on any Safeguard Zone (SgZ) a pop-up box will appear giving the following information:
- - the reference number of the SgZ;
- - why there is a SgZ – i.e. the substances that need to be addressed;
- - contact details if you would like to speak to someone about the SgZ;
- - links to other useful information.