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Pesticide detected in Buncrana drinking water 29.04.22

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.
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