Arsenic is an odorless and tasteless naturally occurring element naturally found in rocks and soil in groundwater. As the water table diminishes, the arsenic level increases due to its proximity to natural deposits in the groundwater. Also, manufacturing and industrial facilities routinely dispose of arsenic, and some fertilizers contain arsenic. Arsenic also binds well with iron, so if you have elevated iron levels in the water, arsenic may also be present.
Arsenic remains in the environment for lengthy periods, so it can slowly leak into the soil and eventually into the groundwater and wells. It can also be absorbed into the atmosphere and transported by rain, contaminating surface water and soil, and leak into the groundwater and wells. Private wells are at a higher risk of arsenic in water.
Is arsenic in water safe?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised its Drinking Water Standard in 2001, requiring community water systems to have no more than 10 parts per billion (ppb) of Arsenic in the water supply. Arsenic is a cancer-causing carcinogen, and exposure to high levels can be toxic. Elevated arsenic levels in water can cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, numbness, partial paralysis, and even blindness.
How do I know if arsenic is in my water?
- Heating or boiling water does not remove arsenic if it is in the water. You will need to have a sample of your tap water tested to determine the arsenic levels in your drinking water.
- Does RO (reverse osmosis) remove arsenic from water?
- Water filtration systems that use a reverse osmosis and deionization process, like The Water Source, purifies the water and removes arsenic from the drinking water.
Should I have my water tested for arsenic?
Homeowners and business owners can get a water test directly from The Water Source to determine if arsenic is in the water.
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