What is Arsenic?
Arsenic is a semi-metal element in the periodic table. It is odorless and tasteless. It enters drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the earth or from agricultural and industrial practices.
Non-cancer effects can include thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting; diarrhea; numbness in hands and feet; partial paralysis; and blindness. Arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver, and prostate. Arsenic has also been shown to expand blood vessels at levels as low as 4 ppb and has been linked to advanced tumor growth at levels of 10 ppb and above.
EPA has set the arsenic standard for drinking water at .010 parts per million (10 parts per billion) to protect consumers served by public water systems from the effects of long-term, chronic exposure to arsenic.
Water systems must be tested to comply with this standard by January 23, 2006, providing additional protection to an estimated 13 million Americans.
Well water in New England is particularly at risk. The concentrations are high (see map) and the standard is relatively new. At US Water we often say: “Each homeowner is the president of their own private utility”. Arsenic treatment is no different.
Arsenic can be treated with a variety of materials and techniques. Single stage and double stage systems are available. Your treatment depends upon your waters’ arsenic level but also depends upon the presence of other contaminants. US Water will design and build a system to fit the task for “your private utility”. We recommend a water test as a first step. Call us today for a FREE visit to discuss arsenic treatment alternatives.