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England and Wales - Government Organisations

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI)

Environment Agency (EA)

Local Government Association (LGA)

Water Services Regulation Auority (OFWAT)

National Assembly for Wales

Natural Resources Wales

From 1 April 2013, Natural Resources Wales brings together the work of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of Welsh Government.

Welsh Government


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Scotland - Government Organisations

Scottish Parliament

Scottish Government

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)


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Northern Ireland - Government Organisations

Department of Environment, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Northern Ireland Water


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Republic of Ireland - Government Organisations

Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The Department was established on the 1st of June 2011 on foot of the reorganisation of Government Departments, bringing together functions from the former Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs. The Department oversees the conservation, preservation, protection and presentation of Ireland's heritage and cultural assets.  The Department also seeks to promote the Irish language and to support the Gaeltacht.


Department of Education and Skills

Department of Communications,
Energy and Natural Resources

Environmental Protection Agency


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European Union - Government Organisations

European Commission (EC)

European Environment Agency

European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine waters (ETC/ICM)


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Water Framework Directive

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Department of Environment, Northern Ireland

Environment Agency (EA)

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland

European Commission DG Environment


Natural Resources Wales

North Sea Regional and Local Implementation of the WFD (NOLIMP-WFD)

Northern Ireland and cross border River Basin Districts with Ireland

River Basin Districts in England and Wales


Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Scottish Government

UK cross border River Basin Districts


UK Technical Advisory Group for the Water Framework Directive (UKTAG)

Welsh Government


WFD Ireland


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Water Companies (water and sewerage)

Anglian Water

Northern Ireland Water

Northumbrian Water

Scottish Water

Severn-Trent Water Ltd

South West Water Ltd

Southern Water

Thames Water

United Utilities plc

Welsh Water (Dwr Cymru)

Wessex Water

Yorkshire Water


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Water Companies (water supply)

Affinity Water - Central Region
(formerly Veolia Water Central)

Affinity Water - East Region
(formerly Veolia Water East)

Affinity Water - Southeast Region
(formerly Veolia Water Southeast)

Bristol Water

Cambridge Water

Cholderton & District Water Company

Dee Valley Water plc

Essex & Suffolk Water

Portsmouth Water Ltd

Sembcorp Bournemouth Water Ltd.

South East Water

South Staffordshire Water plc

Sutton & East Surrey Water


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Other Water Industry

Society of British Water and Wastewater Industries (SBWWI)

Sustainable Water Industry Group

Water Active

Water UK

UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR)


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Island Water Authorities

Guernsey Water

Isle of Man Water
and Sewerage Authority

Jersey Water


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Professional Associations

Chartered Institution of Ecology and
Environmental Management (CIEEM)


Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Country Land & Business Association

European Water Association

Institute of Water

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

International Water Association (IWA)

Society for the Environment (SocEnv)


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Societies, Trusts, Campaigns, Charities

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

Campaign to Protect Rural England 

Canal & River Trust

A new waterways charity, replacing British Waterways in 2012.


Countryside Council for Wales


Marine Conservation Society

National Trust (NT)

National Trust for Scotland (NTS)

Rivers Trust

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)


Wildlife Trusts

Woodland Trust



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Associations, Agencies, Boards, Forums

Association of Drainage Authorities

British Water

British Waterways

On 2 July 2012, British Waterways ceased to exist in England and Wales and in its place Canal & River Trust was set up.

In Scotland British Waterways continues to exist as a legal entity caring for the canals under the trading name 'Scottish Canals'.

Communications and Management for Sustainability (CMS)

Countryside Council for Wales

Forest Service of Northern Ireland

Forestry Commission

International Network of Basin Organisations

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Joint Nature Conservation Committee


Marine Institute, Ireland

Natural England

Salmon and Trout Association

Scottish Natural Heritage


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Anglian Water Education Resources

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water - Living and Learning with Water

Project WET - Water Education for Teachers

Thames Water Educational Resources

Scotish Water
- Education

Yorkshire Water School Zone


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Farmers Weekly Interactive

National Farmers Union (NFU)


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Research Institutes, Consultants


Aqua Enviro

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Danish Institute of Hydrology



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