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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Lindane

Emmaus Borough Public Water

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.

 

16

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND80ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016N/A00N/A
2017ND80ND

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
2014-05-27140021797ND
2014-05-27140021795ND
2014-05-27140021798ND
2014-05-27140021796ND
2014-08-28140038949ND
2014-08-28140038946ND
2014-08-28140038948ND
2014-08-28140038947ND
2017-05-2416304156ND
2017-05-2416304155ND
2017-05-2416304154ND
2017-05-2416304157ND
2017-08-3116771644ND
2017-08-3116771645ND
2017-08-3116771646ND
2017-08-3116771643ND