Stop and think about the water you drink

The Water Catchment Partnership (WCP) is calling on everyone to take care when using and disposing of chemicals and pesticides to help improve water quality.

Almost 50% of spills occur when filling or washing out a sprayer or container. A single drop of pesticide entering a river can cause problems up to 18 miles downstream. Pesticides are commonly used in the garden or farm, and include herbicides, weed killers, fungicides and insecticides.

Everyone has an interest in having the highest possible quality drinking water, and there are simple things that we can all do to help with this. Representatives from the WCP are involved in a number of events this year to raise awareness and attended this year’s Balmoral Show from 13–15 May (at the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) stand).

The partnership will also attend the annual Omagh Show on 3–4 July and Clogher Valley Agricultural Show on 29 July; representatives will be available to provide best practice guidance on grassland pesticide use.

This summer, it is intended that a Farm Engagement Officer from the Water Catchment Partnership will visit farms and households in the Derg catchment area during the summer months to raise awareness.