Watery Behaviours

Freshwater life need clean unpolluted habitat to thrive. Sadly pollution can feed in from lots of sources, including household wastewater. Even if you don’t live near a river or stream you could still be impacting the freshwater environment. 

Our ‘watery behaviours’ can have a big impact on the freshwater environment, polluting and damaging habitat for wildlife, and revolve around our day to day activities. They include what we pour down the drain, flushables, washables, water usage, misconnections and maintaining private sewerage systems.

Pollution caused by our ‘watery behaviours’ is avoidable and there are steps we can all take to reduce the impact our household behaviors has at a local level and collectively across the whole landscape.

To raise awareness of the issues around our ‘watery behaviours’ we are disseminating key resources to households and businesses across the River Thame Catchment that will enable people to make more informed decisions around their actions for the benefit of our rivers and streams.

Waddesdon & Quainton

In the communities of Waddesdon & Quainton we’re taking a more targeted approach and will be working closely with two communities to improve water quality.

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What are ‘Watery Behaviours’?

Household or business activities and behaviours that can have an impact on the freshwater environment. Key watery behaviours include:

  • What you pour down the drain.
  • What you flush down the loo.
  • How you wash your synthetic clothes.
  • Connecting drains correctly.
  • Maintaining septic tanks and private sewerage systems.


How to best protect your local streams

Please see the visit our household advice page to see how you can best protect your local watercourses through your day to day activities.

This project is possible thanks to the financial support of Thames Water.