Earlier this summer, the Sun Journal shared that the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention is now recommending that residents test their well water for arsenic at least every five years.
Arsenic – most often found in well water, but also in municipal systems as well – is known to cause cancer. Ingesting arsenic can lead to bladder, kidney, lung, skin, and other forms of cancer, the Sun Journal reported. They went on to say that arsenic is known to decrease memory and intelligence in developing children. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) paints a fuller picture of the dangers of arsenic, claiming it can cause organ damage, circulatory system disorders, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and reproductive system disorders.
Arsenic is tasteless and odorless and almost impossible to detect without testing. It is an element found in the earth’s crust, which finds its way into food, water, soil, and air. In 2001, the EPA adopted a lower standard for arsenic in drinking water that applies to both community water systems and non-transient non-community water systems. The new arsenic standard of 3 parts per billion (ppb), lowered from 50 ppb and then 10 ppb, is the guideline for municipal water systems throughout the country. Some scientists claim that even this low allowance of arsenic in the drinking water is dangerous to consumers’ health.
Home arsenic test kits for drinking water are available online. Doctors are also able to test urine for arsenic levels within the body. With a King Water Filtration System, don’t let arsenic be a concern. King’s products filter up to 99.9% of many harmful contaminants, including arsenic. Periodic maintenance is not necessary. And, it is estimated that drinking clean water can help reduce your body’s levels of arsenic within just a matter of days. King Water Filtration ensures safe and clean water from every tap for 10 years.