Textile discharges highlighted by pesticide pollution study

A review of pesticide pollution in surface and groundwaters by the National Rivers Authority (NRA) has recommended a series of new measures to control the use of pesticides in order to protect the environment and drinking water supplies.1 A surprising finding is that textile industry effluents are the most frequent cause of breaches of environmental quality standards (EQSs). But agricultural and amenity herbicides are the main causes of exceedances of pesticide limits for drinking water.

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