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1536: Pesticides - protecting water

This paper has been taken from the Pesticides Forum Annual Report

Year of Publication2012

Traces of pesticides continue to be detected in raw drinking water abstractions at levels in excess of the regulatory standards for treated supply at the tap. The work carried out by initiatives such the ‘Get Pelletwise’ and ‘H2OK?’ campaigns and the Catchment Sensitive Farming programme will continue to play a key role in improving user practice and reducing risk. Whilst 95 out of 160 water sources in England and Wales are considered to be at risk of pesticide contamination only 5% fail Water Framework good status.

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