What is S-chloropropane (DBCP)?

Also known as DBCP, the chemical compound is a highly soluble soil fumigant in water. The colorless, chloroform-like smelling liquid with molecular formula C3H7CI is less dense than water, and vapors heavier than rain.

What are the Industrial Uses for DBCP?

DBCP is one of the more popular soil fumigants used to treat the soil for vegetables, grasses, and a wide range of plants, including cabbage, okra, cauliflower, shasta daisy, cucumbers, carrots, lawn grasses, and summer squash.

What are the Health Risks Associated with DBCP?

According to the EPA, reproductive difficulties are commonly associated with exposure to the carcinogen. Individuals exposed to the chemical compound are at risk of getting cancer. These health issues are common when DBCP in drinking water is consumed.

How Does DBCP Enter Water Supplies?

The chief source for the chemical compound to enter water supplies is through runoff or leaching from soil fumigation in agricultural settings. DBCP is a common contaminant in many deep wells located in nearby farmlands due to its use as an unclassified nematocide for soil fumigation.

How Do You Remove DBCP from Drinking Water?

Granular activated carbon (GAC) and packed tower aeration are among the filtration methods used to remove DBCP to below the EPA’s MCL. Since most of the modern-day water filter systems have activated carbon, they are every household’s line of defense against many different types of chemical contaminants found in most water supplies in the country. The activated carbon in water filter units is capable of absorbing DBCP and other chemical impurities in the water.

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