Report polluted land and water

If you have concerns about contamination or pollution of land or waterways in your local area, you should contact the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). If you are concerned about illegal dumping, contact your local council.

Contacting NIEA

NIEA deals with various sources of pollution, including those impacting land or waterways which have harmed or could harm the environment. NIEA has good working relationships with other local and regional organisations dealing with pollution, including the emergency services and those responsible for emergency planning in central and local government.

If you have any concerns about water pollution in your local area or want to report a water pollution incident, NIEA provides a water pollution hotline. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It also provides a dedicated emergency pollution email address. If you have concerns that activities may have resulted in contamination of land, you can call NIEA during office hours (9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday)

Regulation of water discharges

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs must give its consent before trade or sewage waste, or any other polluting substance can be discharged into waterways, or underground strata (including site drainage liable to contamination) from commercial, industrial or domestic premises.

For information on how to apply for discharge consent for either a domestic or commercial property, visit the DAERA website:

Contacting your local district council

If you have concerns about illegal dumping in your area, you can report it to your local district council.

If you are aware of other activities which may have resulted in land being affected by contamination, you can tell your local council’s Environmental Health Department.

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