Pesticides - Best Practice Guides

Every drop counts

Every drop counts

Every drop counts

Why should you worry?

What can you do to help? The eight essentials to protect water

Some pesticides are toxic to fish and other aquatic life; others can easily find their way into rivers and streams;

Consumers do not want water with pesticides in it;costs water companies and their customers millions of pounds every year to remove pesticides from raw water;

Environment agencies can prosecute those who deliberately or accidentally pollute water.

1 Planning: Know where the water is on your farm and where it drains to;

2 Consider whether using a  pesticide is necessary in the first place;

3 Talk to your agronomist about the products you use, their risk to water and how to keep them out of water;

4 Clean up any spills or splashes immediately;

5 Pick your filling site with care about 40% pesticide contamination of water is caused by run-off from farm yards;

6 Maintain your sprayer properly; stop leaks and drips;

7 When spraying, keep well away from watercourses, use a buffer strip and prevent drift;

8 Clean everything carefully afterwards and dispose of wastes safely and legally.

The Voluntary Initiative is a programme of measures, agreed by the Government, to minimise the environmental impact of pesticides.

For more detailed advice please visit

Crop Protection Association, 4 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2RP. Telephone: 01733 349225
Fax: 01733 562523,  

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