Lindane is a white crystalline organic solid. Most uses being restricted in 1983, lindane is currently used primarily for treating wood-inhabiting beetles and seeds. It is also used as a dip for fleas and lice on pets, and livestock, for soil treatment, on the foliage of fruit and nut trees, vegetables, timber, ornamentals and for wood protection. The major source of lindane in drinking water is runoff/leaching from insecticide used on cattle, lumber, gardens.
Some people who drink water containing lindane well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years could experience problems with their kidneys or liver.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Lindane levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Lindane levels were detected in your water sample but do not exceed the maximum contaminant level.
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