Arsenic: the Lowdown

Arsenic: the Lowdown

Over here at H2pointO headquarters we have been coming across a lot of recent articles about arsenic, so we think it’s time for a refresher course.

Arsenic is an odorless, tasteless semimetal element. It can find its way into your well through agricultural and industrial runoff, or by natural deposits in the earth.

Why do you need to know this? Because over 15 million households in the United States rely on well water. And did you know that the EPA does NOT regulate private wells serving less than 25 people? That means there is no governmental body regulating potential contaminants, such as arsenic, in your well water.

Recently health researchers have been taking a closer look at the potential health risks of low-dose, long-term exposure to arsenic . As explained in this article from the New York Times and this article from Health, they are finding numerous health risks:

People chronically exposed to low to moderate levels of arsenic in their environment may be more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular disease.

Arsenic may not be in your water. In fact, let’s hope it’s not. But if you have concerns, or simply want peace of mind, contact your local Culligan Man for a water test. We’ll help find the best solution for your water woes.