Is Arsenic Harmful to Consume?

Arsenic is an element found in nature and in man-made products, including some pesticides. Michigan has naturally high arsenic levels in groundwater.

Drinking water containing the element may have harmful health effects depending on how much you consume and how sensitive you are to it.

In 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency lowered the drinking-water standard of 50 parts per billion of arsenic to 10 parts per billion.

Below is a map with levels of where arsenic is. Consuming high levels of the element causes a variety of cancers and is linked to heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Recent research has also found an association between arsenic below 10 parts per billion and IQ deficits in children.

Because arsenic is colorless and odorless it can go undetected in your drinking water. If you drink from a private well, you should have your water tested. If high levels of arsenic are detected we can remove them with a reverse osmosis drinking water system.

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