Improved farming practices resulted in better water quality in the decade from 2000 to 2010 a major agri-environment conference heard last week.

Professor Cathal O’Donaghue of Teagasc told the National Agri Environment conference in Tullamore last week that improved farming practices and investments, more efficient use of fertiliser and compliance with the EU Nitrates directive had led to an improvement in ground water quality.

He pointed out that water quality was driven by three factors – livestock, population and septic tank densities and local hydrological conditions.

Prof Donaghue said that high density of septic tanks was associated with poorer water quality, as was intensive agricultural activity…

Irish Independent 19/11/2014 Read the article ‘Better farming techniques have improved water quality