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National Enforcement Initiative: Keeping Industrial Pollutants Out of the Nation’s Waters

Industrial Wastewater Discharge
Industrial Wastewater Discharge


Far too many of our lakes, rivers and streams have water quality impairments, which can threaten drinking water sources and impact how much surrounding communities are able to use and enjoy them.  The pollutants most often responsible for these impairments are organic enrichment/oxygen depletion, nutrients and metals.  Certain industrial facilities in the chemical and metal manufacturing, mining and food processing sectors reported discharging the largest quantities of these pollutants. 


The objective of this initiative is to improve surface water quality and reduce potential impacts on drinking water by assuring that industrial facilities in these sectors are complying with their permit limits and conditions. Working with authorized states, EPA’s focus on facilities in these industrial sectors, driven by water pollution data, will build compliance with Clean Water Act discharge permits and cut illegal pollution discharges, that impact water quality.  


EPA's progress toward inspecting and addressing high risk industrial water dischargers

Map of inspections and addressing actions at high priority industrial water discharger facilities 

More Information

View EPA’s Discharge Monitoring Report Pollutant Loading Tool, which provides various data about water pollution discharges across the country.  

Read about the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program, which addresses water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into U.S. waters.