Protecting drinking water from farm pollutants

Safe drinking water is vital for human health. Pesticides and nutrient loading from agriculture pose a huge challenge to meeting EU drinking water quality targets and UN sustainability goals, including clean water and sanitation.

Pesticides and nitrate can infiltrate soils and groundwater and end up in the water we drink. The effects of pesticides on human health depend on the toxicity of the chemical and the extent of exposure.

The EU-funded FAIRWAY project is reviewing current approaches to protecting drinking water resources from pesticide and nitrate pollution. It aims to develop consistent policies and innovative practices for all Member States to enhance sustainable agriculture.