The industry needs to work together and take action, both by using cultural controls to reduce the likely slug pressure, and to strictly adopt responsible measures in the use of slug pellets. It is essential to stop exceedances occurring in all areas, and in high risk areas in particular.
Click here to find out if you are in a Safeguard Zone and if there have been metaldehyde exceedances in the area.
A field's topography, soil type and proximity to a watercourse are key to whether metaldehyde could reach a watercourse that's subsequently used for drinking water.
The route by which metaldehyde reaches water is primarily by movment through the soil profile.
In all cases in the UK - observe the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group Guidelines***