How much do you know about arsenic? Should you be concerned about your water supply? Here is what you need to know about arsenic, its presence in water supplies, and what the best system is for arsenic removal in your home.
What is Arsenic?
Arsenic is a tasteless and odorless semi-metal element. It is found in nature, such as soil, water, and stones, in the food supply, including fruits, vegetables, and grains, and in man-made products such as pesticides. Long-term exposure of high levels of arsenic has been associated with higher risks of cancer, heart disease, skin damage, and circulatory system complications.
How Does Arsenic Get Into the Water Supply?
There are two main ways that arsenic enters the water supply, which are erosion and runoff. Natural sources of water can pass through stone containing arsenic, and can be consumed especially with the use of private well systems. Many industries use arsenic as a form of pesticide, which can be washed away, and lead to runoff into a water supply. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a limit of 10 parts per billion (ppb) of arsenic in the public water supply in order to be safe for consumption, but levels can be higher in private well water systems.
How Do I Remove Arsenic From My Water Supply?
Public water supplies are routinely tested for safe levels of arsenic, but private well systems may need more attention. Checking with the local health department or local water system agency can help you determine if your area is a concern for higher levels of arsenic. A trusted source of arsenic removal is with a home filtration system. The Water Store’s arsenic removal system is equipped with a lead-lag design, allowing for a larger arsenic load, and extending the life of the filter medium. This creates a water supply that is easily compliant and safe from toxic levels of arsenic, giving you the peace of mind that your home’s water is safe to use and consume.
For more information on arsenic removal systems, contact The Water Store at 603-889-6680.