How You Can Protect Groundwater
Photos: Amy Jerup Teton County Weed & Pest
- Select a pest management strategy carefully; consider environmental impact.
- Be especially careful around wellheads and water sources.
- Understand site vulnerability: soil type, geology, climate.
- Understand pesticide vulnerability: select pesticides carefully.
- Be prepared for spills and leaks with clean-up equipment and personal protective equipment while transporting, at the storage area, while mixing and loading, and while applying.
- Follow label directions and precautions.
- Calculate and measure accurately. Calibrate accurately and often. Check equipment operation and spray patterns at least daily.
- Monitor weather, watering, or irrigation schedules carefully.
- Store pesticides safely, away from water sources.
- Do not use pesticides if conditions exist for potential groundwater contamination.
- Triple rinse pesticide containers. Dispose of containers and unused pesticides according to the label.
For safe disposal of containers and/or contaminated materials, place the container and materials in a plastic garbage sack and contact your local Weed & Pest
office for proper disposal methods.