Arsenic Poisoning : A Problem That Can’t Be Ignored
If you live near farmland or industrial areas, you should know…
Arsenic poisoning can happen organically in rocks and soil, and is used for a number of reasons in agriculture and industrial. But it can also occur because of copper smelting, mining or coal burning. Arsenic used for wood preservation and insecticides, for car batteries, as a semiconductor used in LEDs, and even ammunition production.
This poisonous element can enter your water supply in both natural and synthetic occurrences. Weather issues such as a drought, when ground water levels drop significantly, can cause this. Another reason is the combination of faulty well construction and overuse of chemical herbicides and fertilizers.
Here’s why you should get your water tested
Arsenic is odorless and tasteless. Though boiling water can remove most impurities for the immediate time being, arsenic is not one of those contaminants. In fact, if you boil your water, the concentrations could increase.
Get a free water test from Culligan to determine if you need a more advanced filtration method, such as a Culligan reverse osmosis or whole house water filtration system . A sophisticated arsenic reduction whole house water filter provides cleaner, safer drinking water.
Dangers of arsenic poisoning
Arsenic can be toxic, even at low levels. According to the EPA, exposure can cause certain types of cancer, nervous system damage, skin conditions and other health issues. Arsenic contamination usually happens in areas that use private wells for their water source. If you live in the southwest, parts of New England, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, rural Pennsylvania and New York, or the Dakotas, you may have higher levels of arsenic in your water.