Up­dated ad­vice about wa­ter con­ser­va­tion

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

Up­dated wa­ter guid­ance has been launched to help farm­ers im­prove wa­ter qual­ity.

Smart Farm­ing is a re­source ef­fi­ciency pro­gramme run by IFA and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA). It en­cour­ages farm­ers to re­cy­cle wa­ter, lo­cate and fix leaks and study wa­ter bills to un­der­stand wa­ter us­age.

Thomas Cooney, Smart Farm­ing Pro­gramme Leader said, ‘Farm­ers are the cus­to­di­ans of the ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment and their in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the vol­un­tary Smart Farm­ing pro­gramme demon­strates their will­ing­ness and de­sire to fo­cus on both im­prov­ing their farm re­turns while en­hanc­ing the ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment. I be­lieve this up­dated wa­ter guid­ance will help farm­ers achieve these two ob­jec­tives.’

The doc­u­ment also looks at ways to pro­tect wa­ter qual­ity that re­duce the risk of wa­ter pol­lu­tion and en­sure good drink­ing wa­ter qual­ity.

Mary Frances Rochford, EPA Pro­gramme Man­ager in the EPA’s Of­fice of En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity said, ‘clean wa­ter is es­sen­tial to our health and well-be­ing and con­serv­ing wa­ter is es­sen­tial in the con­text of our chang­ing cli­mate. We must do more to halt de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in wa­ter qual­ity so that we pro­tect this most pre­cious public re­source. Smart Farm­ing plays an im­por­tant role in ad­dress­ing wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and wa­ter qual­ity in the farm­ing sec­tor. Suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the mea­sures need wide and will­ing take up by the farm­ing com­mu­nity.’

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