Arsenic in water — acton, massachusetts

Arsenic in water in Acton, MA

ARSENIC IN WATER REMOVAL SYSTEM

REMOVAL OF ARSENIC IN WATER

Many Acton, MA home­own­ers are very sur­prised when they get their lab­o­ra­to­ry water test results back and see they have arsenic in their water.  Activ­i­ties that could have left arsenic resid­u­als include apple orchard spray­ing, coal ash dis­pos­al, and use of some pres­sure treat­ed wood.  How­ev­er, arsenic in water also occurs nat­u­ral­ly and is a col­or­less, taste­less, and odor­less con­t­a­m­i­nant. While there are asso­ci­at­ed seri­ous health threats with inges­tion, there are effec­tive removal meth­ods for arsenic in well water.  For detail on poten­tial health affects, see the link at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs372/en/

Remove Arsenic from Acton, MA well water

Arsenic III and Arsenic V are the two pri­ma­ry forms of arsenic in water.  Many Arsenic removal media have a low capac­i­ty for remov­ing Arsenic III from the water, there­fore, con­vert­ing it to Arsenic V for removal is a com­mon approach.  Deter­min­ing the ratio of Arsenic III ver­sus Arsenic V in the water is, there­fore, crit­i­cal.  This will allow the design and imple­men­ta­tion of a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem that will effec­tive­ly remove it from the water.  There are meth­ods to oxi­dize the Arsenic III and con­vert it to Arsenic V for ease of removal.

Approx­i­mate­ly 20 per­cent of pri­vate wells in Mass­a­chu­setts pro­duce water that exhib­it unhealthy lev­els of nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring arsenic in water.  Even more wells have ele­vat­ed con­cen­tra­tions of radon in water for which treat­ment is rec­om­mend­ed. Wells that have not been prop­er­ly main­tained may pro­duce water con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed with bac­te­ria and oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants.   Test­ing well water and inspect­ing your well is the best way to make sure that your water is clean and safe to drink, but well own­ers often don’t have the right kinds of tests done or do not use accred­it­ed lab­o­ra­to­ries.

Remove Arsenic in water Acton, MA

Arsenic removal tanks with media inside

WATER TESTING & ANALYSIS AND OTHER FACTORS

Water testing for Arsenic in water Acton, MA

Hav­ing a com­plete lab­o­ra­to­ry water test and analy­sis, includ­ing para­me­ters that can neg­a­tive­ly impact arsenic removal media, is crit­i­cal to a well designed, safe water treat­ment sys­tem that will remove arsenic in well water.  pH can sig­nif­i­cant­ly affect Arsenic media per­for­mance along with oth­er com­pet­ing ions such as Iron, Man­ganese, Hard­ness, Vana­di­um, Sul­fate, Phos­phate, Sil­i­ca, Total Dis­solved Solids, Sus­pend­ed Solids and Hydro­gen Sul­fide.  For a full arti­cle on this top­ic which we’ve had pub­lished in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine, go to our pub­li­ca­tions sec­tion and click on the Arsenic removal arti­cle at http://h2ocare.com/publications/

WATER USAGE MONITORING

Water meter for arsenic in water monitoring in Acton, MA

Deter­min­ing water usage is also crit­i­cal to design­ing an effec­tive removal sys­tem that will have the prop­er capac­i­ty.  Key infor­ma­tion would include well pump size, well pump flow rate, size of the incom­ing water line, num­ber of res­i­dents in the home, the num­ber of bath­rooms, space avail­abil­i­ty for equip­ment instal­la­tion, elec­tri­cal avail­abil­i­ty and water dis­charge loca­tion or restric­tions, among oth­ers.

TRACKING YOUR WATER USAGE POST SYSTEM INSTALLATIONIMPORTANT!

A cou­ple of key com­po­nents for con­sid­er­a­tion when design­ing this type of sys­tem include:

  1.  Uti­liz­ing a meter to track flow rate and total gal­lons processed is crit­i­cal to deter­mine the home’s water demand.
  2.  Gal­lons used read­ings also assist in uncov­er­ing any poten­tial leaks in the home such as run­ning toi­lets, which will unnec­es­sar­i­ly pre­ma­ture­ly deplete the arsenic media’s capac­i­ty.

LEAD/LAG ARSENIC FILTRATION TANKS SET-UP

Because Arsenic in well water is a taste­less, col­or­less and odor­less con­t­a­m­i­nant, it is par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to have two tanks in series in case the first tank is deplet­ed  pri­or to sched­uled ser­vice with your water treat­ment com­pa­ny.  Ser­vice should be sched­uled at inter­vals deter­mined by the water use track­ing data accu­mu­lat­ed. This com­bined with appro­pri­ate water test­ing inter­vals are added safe­guards to pre­vent Arsenic from get­ting into the treat­ed water enter­ing the home.

If water test­ing reveals radon in water, an aer­a­tion sys­tem that removes the radon gas and safe­ly vents it to out­side ambi­ent air is very effec­tive.  For more infor­ma­tion about radon in water and how to remove it, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/radon-removal/.  For infor­ma­tion about a water soft­en­er sys­tem, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/water-softening-and-conditioning/.

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H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based, full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  H2O Care has been installing and servicing water softeners and other water filtration equipment since 1989.  Email us at [email protected] or call 800–539-1100.  NOTE: New office opening in Hudson, MA at 439 Main Street in May, 2017.

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