Source of Arsenic in Water: Arsenic (As) is often used in wood preservation as well as in paint and dye production. It can also be a byproduct of other industrial or agricultural processes. Arsenic can seep into ground water through farm runoff or industrial waste. Mining or metallurgical operations can also create arsenic-laced pollution.
Symptoms of Arsenic: Arsenic has no smell or taste. Its effects, however, can be deadly. Short term exposure can lead to skin irritation and discoloration; stomach problems, including nausea and vomiting, and other digestive issues. Long term exposure to arsenic in drinking water has been shown to lead to various types of cancer including liver, prostate, and bladder cancer.
Filtration Solutions for Arsenic: Since arsenic cannot be seen and has no taste, tap water should be tested to ascertain arsenic levels. The EPA requires municipalities to test for and treat water that is over 10ppb (10 parts per billion). Because private wells are not regulated by governments, owners should test at least annually for the presence of arsenic. Toxic arsenic levels in drinking water can be reduced in five different ways: reverse osmosis, activated alumina, ion exchange, activated carbon, and distillation. Arsenic water filtration through activated carbon water filters will reduce the amount of arsenic in drinking water from 40-70%. Anion exchange can reduce it by 90-100%. Reverse Osmosis has a 90% removal rate, and Water Distillation will remove 98% of arsenic from water. To remove this dangerous contaminant, call one of our helpful customer service agents, who would be happy to help you select the right water filtration system for you.