Description:  Because of its prevalent use, the dangers of arsenic showing up in our drinking water continue to grow with our population and industrial activity. Here’s what you need to know.

Aside from the air we breathe, clean water is the absolute most vital and essential component driving health and wellness. Unfortunately, it’s often much more difficult to determine whether the water we drink, cook with, and use for hygiene is in fact contaminated until well after a health issue has presented itself.

Naturally occurring and leaching into groundwater through the breakdown of rocks and other geological formations, human activity is also a culprit when dangerous levels of arsenic occur in our water systems. Industrial activities such as mining, wood preservation, forestry and agriculture, including pesticides and animal feed, often use arsenic. It’s also present in the paints, metals, drugs, soaps, and other products we use on a daily basis. Because of its prevalent use, the dangers of arsenic showing up in our drinking water continue to grow with our population and industrial activity.

If arsenic is an approved component in so many products used today, why should I worry?

The trouble with consuming arsenic in our drinking water comes into play when contamination has occurred and drastically increased levels to dangerous thresholds, or when we’ve consumed arsenic-contaminated water over several years. Typical signals that there could be an issue include skin rashes and even lesions, as well as circulatory issues. In more severe cases, arsenic, which is classified as a well-known carcinogen, can cause various types of cancer.

Don’t our political and health systems protect our drinking water?

The Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLG) indicate a safe max level of “zero,” for arsenic. Set by the EPA, this number is based on leading science and research conducted in the quest to prevent any potential health risks and issues. When it comes to regulatory and enforceable tolerance levels, the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for arsenic is nationally set at 0.10 mg/L. Keeping these allowable levels in line with the MCLGs to the best capacity, costs, benefits, detection, and removability from the public water system are all weighed out. At the state level, more stringent parameters may be adopted to protect public water systems.

How do we protect those living in our home and spending time in our business?

Fortunately, taking charge of detection and treatment approaches where necessary can be done today should we suspect arsenic is present in our water. Our water testing kits, available online at affordable pricing, mean our customers, from the residential to the business, industrial, and public sectors, can easily conduct their water test and ship the sample back to our trusted labs with the utmost convenience. We’re happy to consult individually and answer any questions or concerns as they arise. Should a test indicate less than optimal arsenic levels, we can advise people on the strongest treatment strategy moving forward to match the size of the job.

The EPA has identified several effective solutions to remove arsenic from the water including installing ion exchange and other filtration technologies such coagulation and oxidization systems. Absorptive media such as changing the materials the water travels through or point of entry solutions such as reverse osmosis are also appropriate considerations.

When it comes to protecting those we care about and are responsible for, arsenic-contaminated water is a lot to consider. At AquaKnow, we are dedicated to assisting our customers to KNOW what’s in the water. For any inquiries, including our provision of comprehensive water quality testing information and analytical services, don’t wait to reach out. Click here to learn more.