Water pollution can cause many problems; drinking water can become contaminated which can then affect health and pollution can also change the colour or odour of the water.
Yorkshire Water and Northumbrian Water are responsible for providing drinking water that is safe to drink and complies with water quality standards. The Drinking Water Inspectorate are an independent body responsible for assessing the quality of our drinking water and, when necessary, taking enforcement action should the water be found unfit for human consumption.
Pollution that affects public open waters such as canals, rivers and ponds are dealt with by the Environment Agency. The most common problem are reports of (Blue Green) Algae in lakes and ponds which are dealt with by the Environment Agency.