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Over 30 pesticide exceedances discovered in local drinking water supplies

Mar 18, 2021 13:03 By Shannonside News
Over 30 pesticide exceedances discovered in local drinking water supplies Over 30 pesticide exceedances discovered in local drinking water supplies
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According to Irish Water; rivers, lakes and reservoirs are extremely vulnerable to chemical runoff from land, with pollutants posing a serious risk to the environment.

A number of pesticide exceedances have been detected in drinking water supplies across the Shannonside Northern Sound Region.

The results, taken from Irish Water's public water supply monitoring programme, have detected increased levels of chemicals in water systems across the country.

MCPA is an active substance present in many commonly used herbicide products and the most common chemical found in pesticide exceedances nationwide.

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The largest exceedance levels detected in the region were in Cavan, where 15 detections were made throughout the county in the Arvagh, Ballyjamesduff, Belturbet and Cavan water supplies.

These systems draw raw water from Carty Lough, Nadrageel Lough, and the river Erne.

In Monaghan, 11 exceedances were recorded in the Emyvale and Glaslough supplies

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The Longford Central and Granard water supplies also reported levels of pesticides in excess of allowances.

While the North and South water supply in Leitrim had 4 such detections, with samples taken from Moneyduff Lough and the River Shannon.

Meanwhile, both Roscommon and Westmeath water infrastructure recorded no instances of pesticide exceedances.

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Irish Water is urging farmers, groundskeepers, and domestic users to consider their use of pesticides.

According to the body, leaving areas unsprayed can help native flowering plant species to grow and support a range of insects including bees and other vital pollinators.

 

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