Arsenic in Water
What is Arsenic? It is a semi-metal that is found on the periodic table. Does not sound like something I would want in my water! It is commonly used as a wood preservative here in the United States. It is also found in dyes, drugs, soaps, metals, and paints. There is also industrial and agriculture use for arsenic. Arsenic is found in the water supplies because it naturally occurs in the earth, and from agriculture and industrial runoff.
There are many health concerns for drinking water contaminated with Arsenic. Problems include: circulatory system issues, cancer, and even skin problems. Many times the liver, lungs, bladder, skin, and kidneys are the organs affected by this. Skin lesions can occur also.
If you have water that contains Arsenic, your supplier should let you know as soon as possible. There are regulations on how long and how your supplier can let you know about it. Routine monitoring is done to make sure the levels of Arsenic are safe. If you get your water from a well you can call your local health department, and a test should be done to determine the levels.
So if you do have Arsenic in your water, how do you get rid of it? Well there are several treatments including filtration and oxidation of the water. There are also Arsenic filters you can buy for the use in your home. Continued tests should be done to monitor the Arsenic level. You also need to stop using the water, as if could be very harmful to your health. The EPA does have rules and regulations about the Arsenic level in your water. The maximum contaminant level can reach up to .010 mg/L or 10 parts per billion (ppb).
In 2000, 25 states were found with Arsenic in the water. Around 34 million American were drinking the contaminated water. Because it is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, it is hard to know if your water has been contaminated. After reading this, it is almost scary to drink water.
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