Dalapon is a colorless herbicidal liquid compound. It has an acrid odor which makes it easy to detect in high levels of contamination. It is used for controlling the growth of unwanted grasses or weeds in different types of crops. It is mostly used by farmers of beans, coffees, corn, cotton, fruit trees and peas. Aside from agricultural applications, dalapon is also used lawns and other areas wherein grass growth can become a problem. It can be applied to a drainage ditch to prevent grass from blocking the flow of the water or in railroad tracks in which grass growth can cause derailing of trains.
Its wide variety of use, however, makes dalapon contamination more likely to happen. Water runoffs from rain, snow and watering of crops can carry the compound to different sources of water. The risk of dalapon contamination is higher amongst people with private well water sources. Drinking water that is contaminated by the herbicidal compound can lead to liver problems.
There are several steps that can be taken to help prevent or evaluate the potential of contamination. If there is an agricultural activities near you, inquire about their use of chemicals and if dalapon is one of them. If you surmise that the potential for a contamination problem is high, you can either change your water source to that of a public water or install a water filter.