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Lindane

Status: National drinking water standard exists

 

Lindane is a neurotoxic and carcinogenic insecticide phased out of agricultural use in the U.S. since 2002. It is prescribed to treat lice or scabies, although safer alternatives are available.

2015:

FOUND
FOUND ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES

3

states detected

9

utilities detected

38,521

people served

1

states over health guideline

2

utilities over health guideline

28,335

people served over health guideline

Health concerns for lindane

Cancer

Harm to the brain and nervous system

Harm to the immune system

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 0.032 ppb

The health guideline of 0.032 ppb for lindane was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 0.2 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)0.200 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

States reporting lindane in drinking water

UTILITIES REPORTING ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served UtilitiesPeople Served
North Carolina228,335428,718
Louisiana0036,303
Colorado0023,500
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Utilities with the highest amounts of lindane, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Aberdeen, Town of*Aberdeen, NC5 of 60.0387 ppb8,967
Sundown CoveMooresville, NC1 of 20.0150 ppb246
New Castle, Town of*New Castle, CO1 of 20.01000 ppb3,400
Homestead Park S/dHickory, NC1 of 30.00633 ppb137
Tensas Water District Association*St Joseph, LA2 of 40.00245 ppb3,822

* This water utility supplies finished drinking water to at least one other water utility. The purchasing utility is not required to test for or report Lindane, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served