WHAT IS ARSENIC?


You may be familiar with its ancient history as a lethal poison, but do you know the dangers of arsenic as a water-borne contaminant?

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Arsenic is a tasteless, odorless, and naturally occurring element and poison.


Conventional arsenic removal technologies were designed for large water systems, and their cost of treatment does not scale down affordably for small and rural water systems.


Improving the availability of local water supplies promotes sustainability, environmental justice, and other long term benefits derived from community-level water management

 

ARSENIC in the US


Arsenic contamination in US drinking water threatens more than 56 million people in 25 states.


As many as 10,000 US public water systems pump from arsenic laden wells.


Residents in California, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Arizona are among those most at risk.

 

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) estimates that more than 56 million Americans drink water with the risk of arsenic poisoning.


The World Health Organization has described issues of arsenic contamination as “the largest mass poisoning in history”


Residents in California, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Arizona are among those most at risk.


 

MORE INFORMATION

State Arsenic Maps

California New Hampshire Maine Pennsylvania New York
Texas Arizona  
 

Key Regulations for Small Water Systems

EPA DPH RCAP UC Berkeley NRDC
 

Key News for US Arsenic Health

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