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Further pesticide exceedance detected in Newport area

Sat, May 30, 2020

Irish Water has detected an exceedance for the pesticide MCPA in the Newport public water supply which sources its water from the Newport River. While there is no threat to public health, it is imperative that users of pesticides are mindful of best practice when spraying their lands. This comes following compliant water samples in the month of April and is disappointing news for people on this water supply.

The Newport Catchment Focus Group, which comprises representatives from Teagasc, the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine (DAFM), Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA), Mayo County Council, Local Authority Water Programme, Irish Water, and the National Federation of Group Water Schemes is disappointed at this latest exceedance despite a lot of good work in the area by the agencies involved in the group and local groups. The group was formed to engage in an education and awareness campaign in the Newport area in an effort to encourage users of pesticides to ensure they follow best practice.

Mary Roache, Teagasc, a member of the group has this important advice for users of pesticides: “Due to the good spell of weather recently land is dry and no immediate rain is forecast. Many farmers may see this as a chance to get out with sprays, especially on land which is prone to growing rushes. However, we must realise that as we enter drought conditions the plant stops growing, you should not apply sprays to a plant unless it is actively growing so that it can take up the product and move it around its system to achieve control. Otherwise, all you achieve is a superficial burn of the plant (especially if using a salt based product) a waste of product and a waste of money.


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