Welsh Water launches pesticide disposal scheme
Welsh Water has launched a collection service for unwanted pesticides as part of a new initiative to encourage farmers, growers and landowners to use smarter weed, pest and disease in targeted areas of Wales.
PestSmart, a joint initiative between Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales and supported by the Welsh Government and the agriculture and environment sectors, encourages people to consider the way they manage their land to help improve raw water quality before it reaches water treatment works.
Ian Christie, Managing Director of Water Services at Welsh Water, said, “Our routine raw water monitoring programme has detected increasing traces of pesticides in areas we have never seen them before. While these levels are too low to pose a risk to those drinking the water, they are enough to breach rigorous drinking water standards so we want to work with land managers to take action to address this issue together.
"Even the most organised of land managers can find themselves with an out of date or now unlicensed product which can be difficult or expensive to dispose of correctly. To help them, we’ve decided to launch a free ‘no questions asked’ disposal scheme which will safely take away any unwanted pesticides and herbicides."
“We know that pesticides form an essential and everyday role in the agricultural community. However, if stored, used or disposed of incorrectly, they can have a devastating impact on people, water and wildlife. By providing this free and confidential scheme in targeted catchment areas across Wales, we want to work with land managers to reduce the risk of pollution and safeguard raw water quality before it reaches our water treatment works.”
Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, said, “This pesticide disposal scheme plays an important role in our Water Strategy for Wales’ vision of a thriving water environment which is sustainably managed. It is an example of collaboration in action between the Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Water and very importantly those directly involved in land management. This free scheme will allow for unwanted, out of date or revoked pesticides and sheep dip to be collected and disposed of, safely and confidentially in six catchments across Wales. The scheme will provide multiple benefits in terms of reducing the potential risk to water quality and the wider environment.
Bob Vaughan, NRW’s Sustainable Land Use Manager, added: “Protecting our natural resources of water, soil and air is essential for a sustainable environment. And whilst we know that pesticides play an essential and everyday role for farmers and land managers in Wales they can have a serious impact on our environment unless they are stored, used and disposed of correctly.
“We are pleased to work with DCWW and Chemclear to help land managers safely dispose of their unused, unwanted and unlicensed chemicals and we encourage them to sign up and take advantage of this scheme."
The scheme is available within the Teifi, Upper Wye, Towy, Pendine, Cefni and Alaw Reservoir catchments. It is completely confidential and available for a limited time on a first come, first served basis. More details are available at www.dwrcymru.com/pestsmart
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