Carbofuran is a white crystalline solid with a slightly phenolic odor. Carbofuran is a broad spectrum insecticide that is sprayed directly onto soil and plants just after emergence to control beetles, nematodes and rootworm. The greatest use of carbofuran is on alfalfa and rice, with turf and grapes making up most of the remainder. Earlier uses were primarily on corn crops. Carbofuran is allowed for use on only a few U.S. crops and will soon be banned for use on corn and sorghum in California. The major source of carbofuran in drinking water is leaching of soil fumigant used on rice and alfalfa.
Some people who drink water containing carbofuran well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years could experience problems with their blood or nervous or reproductive systems.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Carbofuran levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Carbofuran levels were detected in your water sample but do not exceed the maximum contaminant level.
- USEPA - Water: Basic Information about Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants - Basic Information about Carbofuran in Drinking Water
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Organic Contaminants