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River water quality status in the United Kingdom (UK) 2009-2016

This statistic displays the percentage of rivers achieving good or better ecological status in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2009 to 2016. During this time period, there has not been significant improvements to river water quality in the United Kingdom. Under the new methodology, there was a one percent decline in the number of rivers achieving good or better status in 2016 compared with 2015, with a total of 14 percent.

Rivers achieving good or better ecological status in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2009 to 2016, by method*

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Source

Release date

February 2018

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2009 to 2016

Supplementary notes

*Assessment method changed in 2014.

"Good or better" status means that the body of water is close to undisturbed conditions. The source adds that the failure of one test means that the whole body of water fails to obtain good or better status.

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