Water Quality

Clean water, clean Wye?

The River Wye faces a number of challenges, including how clean its water is. The standard of water quality can be influenced by a broad range of factors, including sewage works, agriculture & forestry. Here you will find information on local projects, monitoring data and plans which inform us of the current condition of the Wye’s water quality.

The River Wye is an ecological treasure.

Good water quality is integral to ensuring the health of the river, to protect the species which call it home and maintain the ecosystem services it provides like clean drinking water and recreational activities for both those who live in or visit the catchment.

To find out more click on the following links

  • Environment Agency’s “Catchment Explorer”

    To access water quality data for England click here:

  • Natural Resources Wales’ “Water Watch Wales”

    To access water quality data for Wales click here:

  • River Wye nutrient management plan

    Excessive nutrients in streams and rivers causes a dense growth of algae and plant life, this is called eutrophication. To read the strategic plan to reduce phosphate in the Wye click here:

  • Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

    To find out about the improvements made to our sewage systems click here:

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  • Acid water

    In the upper reaches of the Wye acid waters are a key concern. Click here to see how these have been addressed:

  • Focus on farming

    Agriculture shapes much of our landscape. Find out about local projects, initiatives and funding opportunities here:

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