Pesticides

Protecting Drinking Water from Pesticides

Wicklow County Council urges vigilance from all users of pesticides to prevent water pollution and protect the quality of our drinking waters, surface waters and ground waters.

In order to prevent pollution of drinking water supplies with Pesticides the following restrictions apply under the European Communities (Sustainable Use) of Pesticides Regulations 2012:

Pesticide Restrictions – Water Supplies

  • Spraying of pesticides within 200m of the abstraction point of any surface waters, borehole, spring or well used for the abstraction of water for human consumption in a water scheme supplying 100 cubic metres or more per day or serving 500 or more persons is not permitted.
  • Spraying of pesticides within 100m of the abstraction point of any surface waters, borehole, spring or well used for the abstraction of water for human consumption in a water scheme supplying 10 cubic metres or more per day or serving 50-500 persons is not permitted.
  • Spraying of pesticides within 25m of the abstraction point of any surface waters, borehole, spring or well used for the abstraction of water for human consumption in a water scheme supplying 1-10 cubic metres of water or serving 10-50 persons is not permitted.
  • Spraying of pesticides within 5m of the abstraction point of any surface waters, borehole, spring or well used for the abstraction of water for human consumption in a water scheme supplying less than 1 cubic metre per day of water or serving 10 or less persons is not permitted.

The instructions on the product label for a pesticide should be strictly adhered to when using any pesticides outside the restricted areas.

Please see attached leaflets on Protecting Drinking Water from Pesticides, Storage and Using Plant Protection & Biocidal Products and Best Practice for Empty Pesticide Containers for your information and attention.