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Pesticides

How do pesticides get into my drinking water?

Over 98% of sprayed insecticides and 95% of herbicides reach a destination other than their target species, including non-target species, air, water, bottom sediments, and food. Pesticides are one of the causes of water pollution, and some pesticides are persistent organic pollutants and contribute to soil contamination. Although pesticides are much more likely to contaminate surface water supplies, they can leach through the soil to reach wells and aquifers.

What are the health effects of pesticides?

Pesticides can cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment because they are designed to kill or otherwise adversely affect living organisms. Pesticides contain harsh chemicals that, if ingested by humans, can cause serious short-term and long-term health effects. Pesticides can also build up within the body if ingested over long periods of time.