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? Natural geology & human activity can dissolve arsenic into your drinking water.

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

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Arsenic dissolve from soil and rock into aquifers and drinking water supplies.

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Chronic ingestion of arsenic incurs painful symptoms and is fatal over time, even in small quantities.

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Arsenic in the US

 

 

The history of arsenic in drinking water is tragic, hurting millions globally and marginalizing small and rural communities everywhere.

Especially in the US.

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

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More than 4,000 US public water systems 6.9% of drinking water wells pump from arsenic laden aquifers.

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Conventional arsenic removal technologies are not affordable to small water systems.

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Arsenic is a widespread issue in the United States and local contamination levels remain largely unexplored across in half the country.

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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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