Arsenic is scary stuff…
It’s been linked to bladder, skin, kidney, and prostate cancer but still thousands of
pounds are released every year into our water supply!
Farmland runoff, industrial waste and even orchards are silently polluting your aquifer from hundreds of miles away.
This insidious toxin is both odorless and tasteless. Meaning it is undetectable without advanced screening equipment.
Drinking water that has been contaminated with arsenic can cause skin disfiguration and circulatory system damage, and as I already mentioned has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.
It is used in a number of “High Pollutant” industries and chemicals such as: Wood preservatives, paints, dyes, metals, drugs, soaps, semi-conductors. The list of “offending industries” is long and thats why this toxin is showing up in water supplies across North America at alarming rates.
Do you live near any type of livestock yard of agricultural area? There is a very good chance your water supply(and the underground aquifer that supplies it) are “downstream” from one of these Arsenic polluters.
So even if you are miles away from such activities, they can still pose a deadly threat to the safety of your water supply.
That means even if there is no sign of this activity near your water, it is a safe bet that the aquifer that supplies your drinking water may be leaching dozens of lethal chemicals…
From polluters that are miles away, and the most likely chemical is… Arsenic.
And if you get your water from a well then we REALLY need to talk. Arsenic is a huge concern for anyone who gets their water from any type of well.
No matter how “protected” you may think your water source is. See, the EPA’s arsenic standard of 10ppb only applies to public, regulated well waters.
Meaning large municipal water systems used by big cities and towns. The same protections and limits do not exist for individual wells.
This means Arsenic levels that are 10 times as high as the recommended levels in many private wells!
The EPA has found disturbing evidence that unregulated well waters which have have arsenic concentrations of 100 ppb and higher. The highest levels are found throughout New England, Florida, and many part of the Upper Midwest.
Even if you do not live in one of those areas the chances of Arsenic contamination in your well are highly likely.
What are the long-term health effects of Arsenic exposure?
According to a 1999 study by National Academy of Sciences, arsenic in drinking water can cause bladder, lung, skin, kidney, and liver cancer!
They went on to point out that long-term Arsenic exposure at even moderate levels can harm the central and peripheral nervous system, and has also been tied to heart problems, and a number of disfiguring skin conditions.
Unfortunately, as with most environmental toxins, pregnant women, young children and the elderly are most at risk.
The same study found that Arsenic exposure may cause birth defects and long-term reproductive problems.
The evidence is clear that Arsenic is a growing health epidemic in North America and it looks like there is little we can do to stop the high levels of contamination from spreading.