What is Arsenic
Arsenic is a naturally occurring substance spread widely through the earths crust. It can leach into ground water through rocks and soil and wood preserves, pesticides and tobacco products. It is also released into the environment by wildfires, volcanoes and mining processes.
Arsenic in ground water is a widespread problem. Arsenic levels are higher in groundwater than they are in surface water such as rivers or lakes.
When trying to remove arsenic, boiling it out won’t work. Neither will bleach products. You’ll need to consider reverse osmosis, ion exchange or ultra-filtration.
Why is it Dangerous?
Most arsenic enters the body through consumption of food (such as rice and some fish) or water. You can unknowingly breath in dust containing arsenic or even absorb it through your skin.
Ingestion of large amounts can result in arsenic poisoning. This can cause health problems in multiple bodily systems including the
– Nervous system
– Respiratory system
– Cardiovascular system
– Liver, kidney, bladder and prostate
– Immune system
– Endocrine system
– Developmental processes
High levels of arsenic make it hard for muscles to fire. Eventually causing multi-system organ failure, most likely driven by cell death and hemorrhaging.
Need to test for Arsenic?
Taking care of Arsenic
As arsenic is becoming more and more commonly found in NW Montana, we at McGowan make it a top priority to help you test for and install full residence filtration systems.
If you’re not interested in full house filtration check out our R.O. systems. These systems can create arsenic free drinking water though a multi-filter process. Click the link below to find out more.
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