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Should I Be Concerned?
Arsenic is a potential concern to those that do not receive municipally treated water and live in an area with high natural deposits of arsenic, receive runoff from orchards, or receive runoff from glass and electronics production wastes. Arsenic is potentially a very harmful and even fatal contaminant that can cause damage with immediate consumption or over the long term.
The health effects of arsenic depend on its chemical form, how much is consumed, and for how long. Long-term exposure to arsenic can cause a number of harmful effects on the human body. There is increasing evidence that people who consume drinking water with high arsenic levels for many years can have health problems, including nervous system effects, skin changes, and several circulatory diseases.
Finding Arsenic in My Water
If you suspect you might have arsenic in your water, the safest approach is to find a state laboratory that can conduct analysis or talk to a local water treatment professional. Because well water is particularly susceptible to arsenic, those not connected to municipal drinking water systems may want to consider this option. You should also check with local health authorities about the possible presence of arsenic in your community.
There are several types of water treatment systems that can effectively reduce arsenic levels in drinking water. These include: reverse osmosis systems, specialty media, and distillation systems. You can choose from numerous tested and certified water treatment products available to reduce arsenic in drinking water. To find options, explore WQA certified products or find a local professional who will take you through the steps to treat your water.
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