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What is Arsenic?

Arsenic in ground water comes from a reaction between certain types of igneous (volcanic) rock and oxygen when a water table (aquifer) drops.

What is Lead?

Lead, a heavy metal, is considered very malleable and can be useful for many things such as fishing, hunting and even pipe solder or in metal reparation. However, when found in drinking water it can cause serious health hazards.

What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that forms from the decay of uranium which can be found in granite and ledge.

ARSENIC

What is arsenic?

Arsenic in ground water comes from a reaction between certain types of igneous (volcanic) rock and oxygen when a water table (aquifer) drops.

What are the health hazards of arsenic?

Long term exposure to arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidneys, nasal passages, liver, and prostate. Short term exposure to high doses of arsenic can cause other adverse health effects including death.

How does arsenic enter my water supply?

Water conditions and quality can fluctuate at any time. For well owners, aquifer levels change with weather and can become contaminated by outside influences miles away without any warning to well owners. For municipal (city) water customers, water lines and equipment in municipal water systems can fail and/or plumbing in one’s home may become corrupted in some way.

What do I do if there are high levels of arsenic in my water?

Heating or boiling your water will not remove arsenic. Because some of the water evaporates during the boiling process, the arsenic concentrations can increase slightly as the water is boiled. Additionally, chlorine (bleach) disinfection will not remove arsenic. You may wish to consider water treatment methods such as reverse osmosis, ultra-filtration, distillation, or ion exchange.

LEAD

What is lead?

Lead, a heavy metal, is considered very malleable and can be useful for many things such as fishing, hunting and even pipe solder or in metal reparation. However, when found in drinking water it can cause serious health hazards.

What are the health hazards of lead?

Because no safe blood level has been identified for young children, all sources of lead exposure for children should be controlled or eliminated. EPA has set the maximum contaminant level goal for lead in drinking water at zero because lead can be harmful to human health even at low exposure levels. Lead is a toxic metal that is persistent in the environment and can accumulate in the body over time. Risk will vary depending on the individual, the chemical conditions of the water, and the amount consumed. For example, infants who drink formula prepared with lead-contaminated tap water may be at a higher risk of exposure because of the large volume of water they consume relative to their body size. Bathing and showering should be safe for you and your children because human skin does not absorb lead in water.

How does lead enter my water supply?

The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, faucets, and plumbing fixtures. Certain pipes that carry drinking water from the water source to the home may contain lead. Household plumbing fixtures, welding solder, and pipe fittings made prior to 1986 may also contain lead.

What do I do if there are high levels of lead in my water?

When your drinking water results indicate high levels of lead you may want to seek professional advice from a certified water remediation company or call Maine State Toxicology at (866) 292-3474.

RADON

What is radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that forms from the decay of uranium which can be found in granite and ledge.

What are the health hazards of radon?

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the leading cause among non-smokers. Radon is estimated to cause approximately 21,000 deaths each year in the Unites States.

How does radon enter my home?

Radon gas can enter your home by seeping through cracks and other holes in the foundation and can also be found in your well water. The primary concern with radon in water is not from consuming it but from the gas escaping and inhaling it. This is of concern while showering, doing dishes or laundry.

What do I do if there are high radon levels in my air or water?

If you test your home for radon and find the levels to be unacceptably high, you should contact a Maine registered radon mitigation contractor. There are a few ways of mitigating radon and speaking with a registered professional will ensure that your home is fixed properly.