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About Dalapon

Dalapon is a colorless liquid used to control specific annual and perennial grasses including Bermuda grass and cattails. The chemical is known for its acrid odor. It is sold in the market either as sodium or magnesium salt. Unlike other plant growth regulator and herbicide, it targets certain plants and leaves the non-target weeds.

What Types of Industrial Uses Does It Have

Dalapon is widely used as an herbicide to manage target grasses in lawns and other non-crop applications. The chemical is often used to regulate the growth of weeds in a wide variety of crops including fruit-bearing trees, flax, alfalfa, asparagus, sugar beets, sugarcane, peas, carrots, potatoes, and coffee beans. Dalapon can be applied either before the target vegetation emerges or after it comes up.

How Does Dalapon Get Into Your Drinking Water

The most common way for Dalapon to get into your drinking water is through runoff from herbicide use in crop or non-crop applications. The release of chemicals from usage may affect the quality of drinking water due to runoff. Once it gets into contact with your feed water, the best thing to do is to remove the contaminant before it causes health problems to you and your family.

What are the Health Risks Associated with Dalapon

Acute exposure or exposure in a short period of time may cause skin and eye irritation, slow heartbeat, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal (GI) changes, and respiratory tract problems. Long-term exposure to high levels of Dalapon may cause minor kidney damages. Continuous consumption of Dalapon-contaminated water may also affect an individual’s respiratory tract. In extremely high doses, the chemical may have an adverse effect on the reproductive system of an individual. Fortunately, it does not affect fertility or reproduction at lower doses. Dalapon does not have any carcinogenic effects on the exposed individual.

What is the EPA’s Standards for Dalapon in Drinking Water

The US Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974 which requires the EPA to determine and regulate the level of contaminants in drinking water. In the case of Dapalon, the EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level Goals or MCLG for the contaminant in drinking water is 0.2 mg/L or 200 ppb. Once the level of the contaminant in your feed water exceeds the EPA’s MCLG standards, you are prone to the health risks associated with Dalapon.

What Treatment is Recommended for Removing Dalapon from Drinking Water

There are a few ways to treat Dalapon-contaminated drinking water. According to the EPA, you can treat your water source or feed water containing below 0.2 mg/L or 200ppb of Dalapon with granular activated carbon (GAC). If the level of the contaminant is higher than EPA’s MCLG, then it would be best to contact professionals or your water provider to address the water issue. Water filtration systems eliminate pollutants before they reach your faucet.

AquaOx’s whole house water filter system removes the contaminant with success to keep your family safe and protected. With its automatic backwash system, you can enjoy your drinking water with zero maintenance for the next 20 years. Install one today and maintain good water quality for your family to enjoy.

Chemical Names:2,2-Dichloropropionic acid; DALAPON; 2,2-Dichloropropanoic acid; 75-99-0; Kenapon; Liropon
Molecular Formula:C3H4Cl2O2
Molecular Weight:142.963 g/mol
Substance Registry:FDA UNII
Safety Summary:Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS)

2,2-DICHLOROPROPIONIC ACID is a colorless liquid. Soluble in water. Corrosive to metals and tissue. Used as a herbicide.

Source: CAMEO Chemicals

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