From 1st January 2021, farmers will have to fence off their land from rivers to prevent any contact between cattle and water sources on their land, Irish Examiner reports.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government have met in order to ensure Ireland adheres to the E.U. Nitrates Action Programme.
The earmarked deadline will allow farmers to adequately devise appropriate fencing measures and will also allow them to source alternative drinking water sources for their grazing livestock.
An approximate 12,350 farms covering 675,000 hectares are set to undertake this action on their farm.
The allocated drinking points in question should be located at a distance of at least 20m from any rivers or streams by 2021.
Measures should also be undertaken to ensure no run-off from roads and tracks makes its way into water sources.
Livestock grazing along a watercourse can subsequently result in the direct pollution of water.
Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme is designed with the objective to prevent pollution of surface waters and ground water from Agricultural sources to both protect and improve the quality of water.
It has been in place since 1991.