Herbicide guide aims to cut water clean-up costs

A guide to the non-agricultural use of herbicides was published by the Department of the Environment on 14 December.1 It is aimed in particular at institutional users of herbicides, who are urged to consider alternative weed control practices in order to minimise water pollution risks.

As Environment Minister David Maclean points out in a foreword to the guide, "regular use, especially of the persistent triazine herbicides, has led to the contamination of drinking water sources at concentrations breaching the limits set down in the EC drinking water Directive." An ENDS survey earlier this year revealed that water companies in England and Wales are having to invest £800 million in equipment to remove pesticides from dri

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