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The term 'Pesticides' includes herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, seed dressings and rodenticides.  All of these need to be used correctly to ensure they do not affect our rivers and streams.  Apart from it being important to protect our environment in general, it should be remembered that two of the largest rivers in Kildare, the Barrow and the Liffey, are both used as drinking water sources.  Many of the smaller streams and ditches feed into these rivers.

A single drop of pesticide can breach the drinking water limit in a small stream for 30 kilometers so it is essential for the health of our people and our environment that our rivers, lakes, groundwaters and streams are all protected from the pollution of pesticides. 

For further information on related topics such as container storage, triple rinsing, Integrated Pest Managment or a list of approved Pesticide Advisors contact the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Teagasc or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the links below:




DAFF Laboratories,
Co. Kildare.

Tel: +353 (0) 1 6157100

Promoting best practice in the use of pesticides to protect drinking water

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Advice for Farmers and other professional users

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Advice for Gardeners and Household Users

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Warning: A single drop of Pesticide can...

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