Water

 

Summary of the issue

The incorrect use of pesticides or accidental spills can be harmful to aquatic organisms, and crops may be harmed if contaminated water is used for irrigation. Furthermore; contaminated water can be difficult to contain and can pose threat to drinking water or groundwater quality.

Why it's important

ECPA plays an active role in helping the continual improvement in the safety and quality of all European waters. Sustainable, high-yield agriculture must be fully compatible with the supply of safe, affordable, drinking water and a high level of environmental protection. High industry standards and stringent regulations ensure that this goal is met.

Discover more

Continued efforts in user training and awareness raising help keep pesticides out of water. ECPA's TOPPS projects are long-running and successful examples of industry stewardship. ECPA's water stewardship activities are covered here. For more on TOPPS, visit the TOPPS Water Protection website

Supporting documents

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    Best Management Practices to Reduce Pesticide Pollution of Water from Run-Off and Erosion (Guide)

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    Best Management Practices to Reduce Pesticide Pollution of Water from Spray Drift (Guide)

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    Pesticides and freshwater biodiversity: Agricultural productivity and water protection (Report)

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Contact policy officer

Contact
Stuart Rutherford
Director of Water & Environmental Affairs