What is Methoxychlor?

Methoxychlor is a synthetic chemical with chemical formula C16H15CI3O2. The manufactured chemical is a white, crystalline solid with a musty or slight fruity odor. Methoxychlor is famous as a pesticide used to protect crops, livestock, ornamentals, and pets. The organochlorine insecticide is one of the popular insecticides against flies, chiggers, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and other pests.

How Does Methoxychlor Get into Water Systems?

Just like with other pesticides, methoxychlor can enter various water sources by runoff during heavy rain from agricultural settings. It can also get into water systems due to leakage from improper storage or poor waste management.

Is Methoxychlor Dangerous to Humans?

Contact or exposure to methoxychlor may lead to a wide range of health issues, including skin irritations, depression of central nervous system, convulsion, diarrhea, mild liver and kidney effects, and reproductive/developmental effects.

What is the EPA's Standard for Methoxychlor in Drinking Water?

The Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water standards for methoxychlor is set at 40ppb. If you believe the methoxychlor present in your water source is above the MCL or Maximum Contamination Level, then you must take the necessary actions to remove the contaminant to below the regulated standard.

How Do You Remove Methoxychlor from Drinking Water?

Granular activated carbon in water filtration systems can remove methoxychlor to below the EPA’s MCL of 40ppb. Most of the water filters today use granular activated carbon (GAC) to prevent chemicals from getting out of your faucet. If you worry about chemicals like methoxychlor and other contaminants in your water, install a reliable water filtration system to protect you and your loved ones!

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