Roundup is a weed killer, and it is widely used due to the fact that it is quite effective. It is never supposed to be used on edible foods or plants, however. This is because it is unhealthy for someone to ingest glyphosate, which is the active ingredient and the main one that you’re going to find in a bottle of Roundup. Ideally, once the chemical has been sprayed, it will break down naturally in the sun.
However, you may be worried that using Roundup yourself – or living around businesses and homes where it is frequently used – is going to influence your water quality. Can these chemicals get all the way down into the water system, and could you be ingesting them without knowing it?
It breaks down more slowly in water
First and foremost, yes, glyphosate and Roundup can certainly get into the water system, and it is highly problematic. This is especially an issue where a lot of the product is being used frequently or where it has been put on plants prior to a storm, meaning it was then carried in the runoff.
Additionally, it’s important to note that the breakdown of glyphosate is not nearly as fast once it is in the water. If a well or another water source has been contaminated, it cannot be used. That’s why those who rely on well water are often advised to stay far away from the opening to the well when spraying Roundup on their weeds.
But the fact that it doesn’t break down as quickly demonstrates just how detrimental it is to have this product in the water system at all. Even if it is not in your specific well or if you are on a city water system, you still don’t want chemicals that are known to harm humans to make their way into the water table – and potentially into your next glass.
If you have suffered harm from this type of chemical exposure, or if a loved one has, be sure you know what legal options you have.