Safe drinking water is vital for human health. Diffuse pollution of nitrogen and pesticides from agriculture is the main obstacle to meet drinking water quality targets.
The objective of FAIRWAY is
- to review approaches for protection of drinking water resources against pollution by pesticides and nitrate, and
- to identify and further develop innovative measures and governance approaches for a more effective drinking water protection.
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May 2021: Research highlights - Use of passive samplers in drinking water catchments
The FAIRWAY project explored the potential of passive samplers to monitor pesticide concentrations in real-world scenarios, both in surface waterbodies and groundwater. This leaflet briefly explores passive samplers and compares their use with that of spot sampling for routine water quality monitoring.
Nicolas Surdyk, Luke Farrow, Rachel Cassidy, Donnacha Doody
March 2021: New scientific publication
We are delighted to announce another new publication by members of the FAIRWAY team
S. Wuijts, J. Claessens, L. Farrow, D.G. Doody, S. Klages, C. Christophoridis, R. Cvejić, M. Glavan, I. Nesheim, F. Platjouw, I. Wright, J. Rowbottom, M. Graversgaard, C. van den Brink, I. Leitão, A. Ferreira, S. Boekhold 2021. Protection of drinking water resources from agricultural pressures: Effectiveness of EU regulations in the context of local realities, Journal of Environmental Management, 287:112270
March 2021: Is it a good day to spray? Webinar about new app
As part of the FAIRWAY research programme SprayDay, a mobile phone app, has been developed to help infrequent professional pesticide users follow best practice.
We are offering six webinar sessions in late March 2021 to demonstrate the prototype and seek feedback from farmers and other professionals whose work relates to pesticide use or impact on water quality.
The webinars are free, open to anyone who is interested, and will be in English.