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.