in Buncrana drinking water
PEOPLE in Donegal urged to
consider the environment and alternatives to pesticides
when gardening, farming and maintaining sports grounds.
Three exceedances of the pesticide Bentazone and MCPA
have been detected in the public drinking water supplies
in Bruncrana, (River Eske) and Fanad East (Shannagh) in
2021. These exceedances were detected as part of Irish
Water’s public water supply monitoring programme.
MCPA is still the most
commonly detected pesticide in drinking water sources
and is present in many commonly used herbicide products
used to control thistles, docks and rushes.
The Bruncrana water supply abstracts raw water from
Lough Doo, River Eske which is vulnerable to runoff from
land. Irish Water is asking users of any herbicide or
pesticide products to continue to consider the
vulnerability of their local drinking water supplies to
pesticide contamination and the importance of these
supplies to local homes and businesses in the community.