Arsenic In Your Water

What is Arsenic?

Arsenic is an element that occurs naturally in rocks and soil.  Its natural presence is the typical source for arsenic found in ground water.  Arsenic was banned from industrial use in the 1970s but remains an additional source of contamination due to agricultural and industrial residual in underground aquifers.  EPA Standards: The US EPA has set its action level at 10 parts per billion (ppb)/ micrograms per liter (µg/l) of arsenic in water. The NJ DEP and other states have further lowered and set the action level to 5 ppb/ µg/l of arsenic in water.

Arsenic is an element that occurs naturally in rocks and soil.  Its natural presence is the typical source for arsenic found in ground water.  Arsenic was banned from industrial use in the 1970s but remains an additional source of contamination due to agricultural and industrial residual in underground aquifers.

EPA Standards:

The US EPA has set its action level at 10 parts per billion (ppb)/ micrograms per liter (µg/l) of arsenic in water.

The NJ DEP and other states have further lowered and set the action level to 5 ppb/ µg/l of arsenic in water.

Why is Arsenic bad for us?

Arsenic is a toxic substance that is known to cause adverse health effects in people who consume water containing arsenic.  Arsenic is a known human carcinogen that has been linked to cancer of the skin, bladder, lung, kidney, and liver.  It can also cause increased risk of cardiovascular disease, peripheral neuropathy, and diabetes.  Observable symptoms of arsenic poisoning are thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  In more severe cases, symptoms may also include numbness in hands and feet, partial paralysis, and blindness.

The major exposure pathway for arsenic from residential well water is consuming and cooking with the untreated water.  Arsenic can also be absorbed through the skin from exposure to other uses of water in the home including bathing, showering, and brushing teeth.

How does Arsenic get into drinking water?

Arsenic can enter the water supply from natural deposits in the earth.  It is widely believed that naturally occurring arsenic dissolves out of certain rock formations into an aquifer.  High arsenic levels in private wells most frequently occur from the natural geologic formations, but in some cases, they are contributed to by historical use of arsenic from fertilizers and industrial processing that still exist in the soil.

Will boiling my drinking water reduce Arsenic?

Heating or boiling your water will not remove arsenic.  Since some of the water evaporates during the boiling process, arsenic concentrations will increase.

How does RAdata treat Arsenic in my water?

RAdata installs the NJDEP recommended design system: a two-tank Point-of-Entry (or “Whole House”) Arsenic adsorption treatment system.  We use only the best, proven technologies from AdEdge.  The media is designed for long service life, high flow rates, high capacity, and rapid adsorption.  Our systems effectively remove both species of Arsenic (Arsenic III and Arsenic V).  The treated water is delivered to all taps in the home, so you can feel confident that the water used for drinking, cooking, bathing, laundry, and other household use has safe arsenic levels.

RAdata Arsenic systems come equipped with visual and audible alarms to alert you when service is needed.

Do I Have Arsenic in My Water?

Arsenic in well water is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.  The only way to identify its presence in water is to have the water specifically tested for arsenic.  If you suspect a problem, and your drinking water comes from a private well, you should have the well water tested. If Arsenic or any other contaminant is found, RAdata can install Water Treatment systems to treat any water problem.

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If you need to remove Arsenic from water for your family's drinking water or for the sale of a home, RAdata can help! Call 800-447-2366 today to set up the installation of the guaranteed fix for Arsenic in Well Water.  You can also use this Free Estimate form to have RAdata create a free, no obligation estimate for Water Treatment Services.

RAdata has unparalleled experience and education in Arsenic reduction treatment and technology.

Whole House Arsenic Treatment System:

With this system, you can feel confident that the water used for drinking, cooking, bathing, laundry, and other household uses has safe Arsenic levels. The treatment system is easy to operate and maintain. A simple annual service visit is required. Arsenic treatment media adsorbs the Arsenic, so one of the two tanks should need a replacement within 2-4 years, depending on water usage and Arsenic levels. It is important that the arsenic levels are tested every year at the service to determine the Arsenic saturation of the tanks.

Whole House Arsenic Treatment System:
If you have questions on how to treat Arsenic
in your well water,
call us today 800-447-2366 and ask to speak to a specialist.

Other Treatments Methods:

Point-of-use (single tap) Granular Ferric cartridge filters can remove small amounts of arsenic from a kitchen faucet for cooking and drinking.  The major disadvantage of this type of system is that only one water tap in the home is treated (water used for bathing and laundry exposes skin to the untreated arsenic levels, untreated taps are also commonly used for teeth brushing). These types of systems generally have a low flow rate, the cartridges need monitoring and replacement, and it is not uncommon for homeowners to exceed the life of the cartridges without even knowing so.  Arsenic treatment media adsorbs the arsenic, so it is important to change cartridges appropriately when needed.   In smaller houses, where economic circumstances prevent whole house treatment, these systems can be a practical solution.

Anion Exchange and Reverse Osmosis systems are not recommended because they remove only one of the two species of Arsenic (Arsenic V).  Reverse Osmosis is also a single tap, cartridge-based system, so it will have the same limitations of a point-of-use system.  Treatment types other than the whole house Granular Ferric adsorbing media, like an anion exchange system, can require the addition of salt and increased maintenance, as well as backwashing a 60-gallon load on septic systems 1 or 2 times a week.  If the wrong systems are installed, arsenic can be dumped into the drinking water from the treatment system.  Other types of treatment can present arsenic disposal complications when the systems need to be removed.

Arsenic Water Treatment for Residential Wells in New Jersey 

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Arsenic has been found to occur in well water of the Piedmont Physiographic Province of New Jersey (Figure 1) at levels exceeding the drinking water standard. Research by the NJ Geological Survey (NJGS) indicates the arsenic is predomi­nantly naturally occurring. Arsenic in well water is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The only way to identify its pres­ence is to have the water specifically tested for arsenic. You should have your water tested for arsenic if you have your own well and live in the shaded area of the map in Figure 1. 

Sources of information come from:

NJDEP, 2004, NJGS Information Circular, Arsenic in New Jersey Ground Water

NJDEP, 2004, A Homeowner’s Guide to Arsenic in Drinking Water

NJDEP, 2002, Private Well Testing Act Web Site

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