Citizens of the Country Club Estates community in Florida have been concerned over the discovery of pesticides in their drinking water back in 2011. Many received no relief from the recent report completed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The investigation revealed that out of the 287 wells sampled, 120 tested positive for dieldrin, a pesticide.
The DEP’s research discovered that the highest contamination is in the soil, shallow layers of groundwater beneath homes and in deeper wells throughout the community. It was found that the contamination resulted from a nearby golf course, former pest control business and from termite and pest treatments.
Florida’s DEP is paying for city water lines to be run to those homes that tested positive for pesticides. However, this did not help those whose wells did not test positive. They were simply told that the Volusia County Health Department will retest their water in three to five years. Those people were advised that they should pay for their water to be tested periodically in the mean time.
Even individuals who will be receiving water from city water lines are not in the clear, since the soil is contaminated too. They are told to protect themselves by wearing masks when mowing lawns and taking extra precautions with children who play in the yard. The community was also advised to garden in above ground boxes using clean soil to avoid exposure to the contaminated soil.
High levels of dieldrin have been shown to cause nervous system and liver trouble in humans and have also caused cancer in mice tested. If the elevated health risks were not enough to cause concern among the residents, they can worry about the fact that the contamination has caused property values to be cut in half as well.