ARSENIC IN YOUR WATER

What is Arsenic? Arsenic is an element that occurs naturally in rocks and soil and is used for a variety of purposes within industry and agriculture. It is also a byproduct of copper smelting, mining, and coal burning. Arsenic can combine with other elements to make chemicals used to preserve wood and to kill insects on cotton and other agricultural crops.

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Why is Arsenic bad for us? Arsenic in water contributes to skin damage, circulatory problems, and can increase cancer risk.

How does Arsenic get into drinking water? Arsenic can enter the water supply from natural deposits in the earth or from industrial and agricultural pollution.

Will boiling my drinking water reduce Arsenic? Heating or boiling your water will not remove arsenic. Because some of the water evaporates during the boiling process, the arsenic concentrations can actually increase slightly as the water is boiled.

How does RAdata treat Arsenic in my water? RAdata installs the state recommended design: two-tank Point-of-Entry (or “Whole House”) Arsenic adsorption treatment system. We use only the best, proven technologies from Layne, Metsorb and 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. 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.

Do I Have Arsenic in My Water?  If you suspect a problem and your drinking water comes from a private well, you should have the well tested.  If Arsenic or any other contaminant is found RAdata can install Water Treatment systems to any water problem

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Test My Water for Arsenic (and other contaminants)!

RAdata provides a full water testing service, to learn about our Water Testing Service or get started immediately by Ordering Well Water Testing for your home.

Arsenic found in your water? Let RAdata Handle It.

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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:

Arsenic Removal System

so 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.

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:

Single tap, Granular Ferric cartridge type filters can remove small amounts of arsenic (both species) 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 tooth brushing). These types of systems generally have a low flow rate, the cartridges need monitoring and replacement, and it is not uncommon for home owners 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 are a guaranteed solution when practical.

Anion Exchange and Reverse Osmosis systems are not recommended because they remove only one of the two species of Arsenic (Arsenic V).  It is uncommon to have testing to determine the species of the Arsenic, but if a laboratory determination has been made that the Arsenic is Arsenic V only, these types of systems could be used but will require increased maintenance.  Reverse Osmosis is also a single tap, cartridge based system, so it will have the same limitations as described above.  Anion Exchange is a negatively charged water softener (a common water softener is cation exchange).  Anion exchange systems require the addition of salt and increased maintenance to ensure that that regeneration occurs so Arsenic isn’t dumped into the treated water, and they also present Arsenic disposal and reintroduction issues since the Arsenic rejected via the drain line is introduced back into the environment near the home.

 

 

Arsenic Water Treatment for Residential Wells in New Jersey 

ARSENIC

arsenic in njArsenic 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 predomi­ nantly naturally occurring. Arsenic in well water is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The only way to identify its pres­ ence 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

 

 

Arsenic Links:

Barnard College, NJ Arsenic Awareness Initiative

World Health Organization: EXPOSURE TO ARSENIC: A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN

Water Arsenic Exposure and Children’s Intellectual Function in Araihazar, Bangladesh

Arsenic in drinking water and adult mortality: a population-based cohort study in rural Bangladesh

Arsenic "In Small Doses" Video (Darthmouth Medical School, Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program)Video

arsenic map of the USA