Fungus killer levels in Jersey water supply go up

Jersey stream

Higher levels of a fungicide have been found in the water supply in Jersey, a new report has said.

Oxadixyl, which has not been in use for 13 years, has been found in a reservoir and stream in the island.

Jersey Water said levels of the chemical had risen because there had not been enough rainfall to dilute it.

The company insisted the water is safe to drink, and that the levels are acceptable under World Health Organisation guidelines.

Oxadixyl was discovered in the water in March, but the level of the chemical has since gone up.

The fungicide was used to control potato blight in the island between 1991 and 2003 but has not been used since.

Jersey Water said it is hoping to bring Val de la Mare reservoir back into action in time for the summer.

The water board is drafting an application to the Environment Minister for a special dispensation in case the water supply exceeds the lower regulatory limit during the summer.

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