H2OK? Think Water

H2OK? - Think Water


The Voluntary Initiative is a programme of measures agreed by Government to minimise the environmental impact of pesticides. For more information see: www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk.

In the Farmyard

  • Use a designated mixing and filling area for pesticides
    • Avoid any spills no matter how small;
    • Fill over a collection pit or on ground which will absorb spills;
    • Always use induction bowl or closed transfer system when available;
    • Avoid hard ground or concrete areas unless bunded;
    • Clear up all spills. NEVER wash splashes or spills into drains;
    • Have cat litter or other absorbent material available close by to mop up spills.
  • Take water from a storage tank, bowser or mains with a double check valve;
  • Never fill near to a watercourse;
  • Pressure or triple wash empty containers and drain into the induction bowl;
  • Rinse seals and lids (over induction bowl), place the seals in the product box, and put the lids back on the containers. Place containers upright in the box;
  • Dispose of the containers by on farm incineration or use a waste disposal contractor;
  • Before leaving the mixing area check the sprayer for drips or leaks.

In the Field

Plan ahead when using pesticides

  • Think where water contamination is most likely to happen;
  • Organise work to avoid left over spray and reduce sprayer cleaning;
  • Do not spray if -
    • ground is waterlogged
    • heavy rain is forecast in the next 3 days
    • ground is frozen

The pesticide may run off into the nearest watercourse!

Avoid spills in transit - Think where they could do most damage

  • When Spraying
    • Use low drift nozzles where appropriate
    • Check flow rates
    • Avoid conditions where spray drift can occur
  • Do not overspray buffer zones & watercourses;
  • Ensure cleaning activities take place away from watercourses;
  • Spray tank washings on to the crop;
  • Wash the outside of the sprayer before leaving the field;
  • Keep tyres as mud-free as possible; contaminated mud can carry pesticides out of the field.

Best Practice

Better Environment




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