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Problem – Arsenic
Symptoms: There are really no "common symptoms" which indicate arsenic is present in your water supply. It is odoress and tasteless, so it must be specifically tested. If you are on a well, you should have this done periodically.
Causes: Arsenic is a semi-metal element in the periodic table. It is odorless and tasteless, and enters drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the earth or from agricultural and industrial practices.
Health Concerns: Health effects can include thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, numbness in hands and feet, partial paralysis and blindness. Arsenic has also been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver, and prostate. Unless your arsenic level is over 500 ppb , showering, bathing and other household uses are safe. Arsenic is not easily absorbed through the skin and does not evaporate into the air.
Action Level: Any level over .010 ppm (10 ppb) should be treated.
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