Information About Lindane In Our Drinking Water

The EPA regulates lindane levels in our drinking water in order to protect public health. If levels of lindane are found in excess of the standards put forth by the EPA there could be health risks involved. Some people who have consumed lindane in excess of the MCL for long period sof time have experienced kidney and liver problems.

Lindane is often found as a runoff in ground water from insecticides that are used in gardens, on lumber and on cattle. The majority of uses have been restricted since 1983 and are now limited to the use of treatment in lumber from beetles and seeds. It is also used as a flea dip for pets and livestock and for treatment of soil and foliage on fruit bearing trees. You can learn more about other contaminants found in your drinking water on the Purity Bay El Paso page.

EPA’s Regulations For Lindane In The Water Supply

Since 1974 when congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act the law has required that the EPA determines the level of contamination in our drinking water that is deemed to be safe for public consumption. The contaminant level goals that the EPA creates are designed to offer no adverse health effects from a list of contaminants over a lifetime of consumption and are called MLCG. Contaminants can be physical, radiological, chemical or biological.

The MCLG for lindane is 0.0002mg/L and has been set forth by the EPA based on findings about health effects the contaminant could produce in aquatic life and human life with levels that exceed that amount. The MCL’s are created to be as close to the goals as possible.

How Does Lindane Get Into My Water?

The main source for lindane contaminating the water supply is from runoff of insecticide that is used on cattle, lumber or in gardens.

A federal law was implemented that mandates facilities to report the amounts of toxic chemicals they release annually.

Routine monitoring of your drinking water is performed and if the levels of any contaminant exceed the MCL the water suppliers must notify all customers within 30 days of finding the contamination. Water suppliers must also incorporate planning for alternate water sources to be used during the time that the water levels are deemed unsafe for human consumption.

If your water comes from a private well you will be responsible for contacting your local water resources like Purity Bay El Paso and having the water tested and treated against contamination.

If you want to learn more about your drinking water and the steps that are being taken to protect you and your family contact Purity bay or the EPA and start educating yourself. The more you know the safer you will be.

Source: http://water.epa.gov/

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