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Agricultural infrastructure poses winter threat

Slurry, dirty water and effluent collection systems that are in a poor state of repair could pose environmental hazards this winter, the Environment Agency has said.

The Agency urged farmers to maintain their infrastructure before cold weather and frost sets in.

“We have experienced much colder weather in recent winters, so it is important to have adequate frost protection,”an Environment Agency spokesman said. “Frozen irrigation systems can be expensive to repair and cause a lot of problems when they fail.”

Last winter saw in increase in slurry and effluent pollution – particularly on the Devon and Cornwall border where faulty irrigation systems on several farms in the Tamar Valley resulted in pollution of local watercourses. Pollution was often caused by faulty alarms and warning devices.

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