Promoting the safe use of pesticides.
Leitrim County Council would like to remind farmers and other professional users of pesticides (landscapers/ horticulturalists/ green keepers) of the need to follow best practice in the application of pesticides, such as MCPA, on land and particularly near any water course including any drain, stream, lake, river or any supply used as a drinking water source.
A single drop of herbicide can breach the drinking water limit in a small stream for 30km.
The following are measures which will help safeguard against the contamination of waters by pesticides:
At this time of year we are promoting the safe use of pesticides in particular MCPA. MCPA is a herbicide commonly used on grassland; it is very soluble, highly mobile and can easily leach from soil into water. Careless storage, handling or use of pesticides can easily cause breaches of the legal limit for pesticides in drinking water.
There are three recently published leaflets, which provide advice to pesticide users on measures to protect drinking water sources. These leaflets were prepared by a multiagency group convened by the Environmental Protection Agency that include farming representative groups.
‘Don’ts’ when using pesticides
Information leaflets on best practice in the use of pesticides to protect water are available from Leitrim County Council 071 96 20005 ext. Environment. There are three leaflets in the series:
Protecting Drinking Water from Pesticides - Advice for Farmers and Other Professional Users.
Protecting Drinking Water From Pesticides - Herbicide Use in Grassland.
Protecting Drinking Water from Pesticides - Advice for Gardeners and Household Users.
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