Water Quality

Water quality

In the Tyne’s rivers, water quality is affected by a range of factors, some of which can be single events, others have a steady impact:

  • Silt (diffuse or point source) from various causes; eg run-off, erosion, livestock access the rivers, building works
  • Chemicals used in commerce, farming and gardening
  • Sewage outlets (water treatment plants, septic tanks)
  • Other (eg livestock voiding)
  • Litter and spillages

We work in close partnership with Northumbrian Water, Natural England and the Environment Agency to try to ensure that the water in the Tyne Rivers is as clean as possible.Monitoring sites button

In addition to the physical improvement work we do, we also educate people about how silt and chemicals can affect water and the ecosystems that depend on it.  We give presentations to interest groups and run workshops to improve everybody’s understanding.  If you would like to learn more, please contact us.

Where they can our volunteers monitor the river continually to measure water quality – monitoring temperature and invertebrates; we also monitor pH, ammonia, conductivity and colour etc. at sites linked to our project work.  If you would like to help out with our monitoring programme then please get in touch.

If you see pollution, in the first instance you should contact the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.  All reports are treated confidentially.  We also like to know about pollution problems, and would be interested in any information you can share.