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Carbofuran

Status: National drinking water standard exists

 

Carbofuran is a highly toxic insecticide phased out from use in the U.S. since 2009 due to the risks it posed to children and the environment.

2015:

FOUND
FOUND ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES

4

states detected

8

utilities detected

253,000

people served

2

states over health guideline

2

utilities over health guideline

5,259

people served over health guideline

Health concerns for carbofuran

Harm to the brain and nervous system

Harm to the reproductive system

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 0.7 ppb

The health guideline of 0.7 ppb for carbofuran 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 harm to the brain and nervous system.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 40 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)40.0 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 carbofuran in drinking water

UTILITIES REPORTING ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served UtilitiesPeople Served
Virginia005247,420
Indiana14,95314,953
Louisiana13061306
Florida001200
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Utilities with the highest amounts of carbofuran, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
H2o Systems Inc. - Bleu Lake HillsMandeville, LA1 of 13.50 ppb306
Clinton Water Utility*Clinton, IN1 of 31.10 ppb4,953
City of Portsmouth*Portsmouth, VA1 of 20.500 ppb120,400
Faith Farms MinistriesBoynton Beach, FL1 of 10.350 ppb200

* 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 Carbofuran, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of Portsmouth*Portsmouth, VA1 of 20.500 ppb120,400

* 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 Carbofuran, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.