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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Lindane

Philadelphia Water Department

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.

 

24

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND60ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND30ND
2017ND60ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.032 ppb

The EWG 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.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 0.2 ppb

The legal limit for lindane, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-026604134ND
2012-04-026604132ND
2012-04-026604133ND
2013-05-151027470001ND
2013-05-151027470003ND
2013-05-151027470002ND
2014-04-077422122ND
2014-04-077422120ND
2014-04-077422118ND
2014-08-197572176ND
2014-08-197572174ND
2014-08-197572178ND
2015-06-1012888356ND
2015-06-1012888308ND
2015-06-1012888332ND
2016-06-0314411779ND
2016-06-0314411754ND
2016-06-0314411729ND
2017-05-1616101008ND
2017-05-1616100983ND
2017-05-1616100958ND
2017-07-2416420646ND
2017-07-2416420621ND
2017-07-2416420596ND