PestSmart encourages people to consider smarter ways of weed, pest and disease control that do not impact on people, water or wildlife.
Our routine water monitoring programme has detected increasing traces of pesticides in areas we have never seen them before. While these levels are too low to pose a risk to those drinking the water, they are enough to risk breaching rigorous drinking water standards so we want to work with you to take action and address this issue together. By safeguarding and improving raw water quality before it gets to our water treatment works, we can avoid the need for using additional chemicals and energy to get your drinking water perfect.
This helps us to keep bills low and safeguards and protects the environment for generations to come.
So we have created PestSmart, a project which encourages people to consider ‘smarter’ ways of weed, pest and disease control that do not impact on people, water or wildlife.
Working with farmers, growers, landowners and gardeners across Wales, we are helping people and communities to consider the way they manage their land to help safeguard raw water quality.
To help us deliver this work, we have been awarded almost £1 million by Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme. This funding will allow us to expand PestSmart across Wales.