If you suspect a pollution incident, it’s always good to report it! Informing regulators and politicians is an essential step to holding those responsible for pollution to account. Below, you will find guidance on how you can report pollution incidents, and what can be done to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Before reporting a pollution incident, aim to gather as much evidence as possible. This can really help regulators hold the culprits responsible to account. In addition to taking photo and video evidence, it is important that you also record:
Make a note of what you saw
What time was it?
Where did you see it?
Take a picture or film it
Tell the regulators
You can report pollution incidences directly to regulators using their Incident Hotlines. Depending on where you are in the UK, the pollution incident hotline varies:
For England, Scotland and Northern Ireland call: 0800 80 70 60
For Wales call: 0300 065 3000 (choose option 1 for Welsh and 2 for English)
Tell your MP
Download our free Safer Seas Service app and email your MP directly following a pollution incident. Go to the ‘CONTACT THE LOCAL MP’ option on your bathing water profile and it will take you straight to a pre-written email to send and alert your MP to a pollution incident.