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Pesticide contamination is a serious problem throughout the country, but especially in agricultural areas. Chemicals applied to farm fields, orchards, and lawns end up in the run-off that enters the ground and surface water. Additionally organo-chlorine pesticides and now-outlawed pesticides such as DDT can persist in the water and sediments for years after their application. Regulation of pesticides in the water supply is difficult because the US EPA has not set maximum limit for many of the pesticides in common use.