Interim Pesticide Strategy

About this strategy

The way in which land is managed in the catchment has the potential to increase the risk of pesticide contamination of drinking water sources. The Interim Pesticide Strategy details our approach for progressively reducing the risk of pesticide contamination to our drinking water sources.

The aim is to protect drinking water sources from pesticide contamination and to improve the quality of sources, in order to safeguard human health and the aquatic environment. It is proposed that this is achieved primarily by working collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders, who share the common goal of reducing the risk of pesticide contamination to public drinking water sources.

Three-pillar risk management framework


With National Pesticide and Drinking Water Action Group (NPDWAG) stakeholders and other relevant catchment stakeholders

Understanding risk

To identify, risk assess and prioritise catchments at greatest risk from pesticides

Managing risk

To undertake collaborative management of pesticide risk with catchment management as the primary approach

What are the benefits of catchment management?

The benefits of catchment management with regards to the protection of drinking water sources are widely recognised. By focusing on solutions that address the source of the problem rather than dealing with the consequences we will achieve additional benefits.


Improve drinking water quality


Protect biodiversity

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Ensure compliance with regulations