Arsenic in water removal – boylston, mass.

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ARSENIC IN WATER REMOVAL SYSTEM

ARSENIC IN WATER – NOT UNCOMMON IN MASSACHUSETTS

Approximately twenty percent of private wells in Massachusetts produce water that exhibit unhealthy levels of naturally occurring arsenic in well water.  Even more wells produce water with elevated concentrations of radon for which treatment is also recommended. Wells that have not been properly maintained may produce water contaminated with bacteria and other contaminants. Inspecting your well and testing well water 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.

Arsenic in water can occur naturally and is a tasteless, odorless and colorless contaminant.  Other activities that could have left arsenic residuals include apple orchard spraying, coal ash disposal, and use of some pressure treated wood.  Many Boylston homeowners are very surprised when they get their laboratory water test results back and see they have arsenic in their water.  While there are serious health threats associated with ingestion, there are effective methods for removing arsenic in well water.  For detail on potential health affects, see the link at: Who.int/mediacentre/factsheets.

The two primary forms of Arsenic in water are Arsenic III and Arsenic V.  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.  Therefore, determining the ratio of Arsenic III versus Arsenic V in the water is critical. This will allow the design and implementation of a water treatment 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.

Arsenic in water removal for Boylston, MA well water

WHOLE HOUSE FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

WATER TESTING & ANALYSIS AND OTHER FACTORS

Water testing for Arsenic in well water Boylston, MA

Water testing

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 FOR ARSENIC IN WATER

Water meter for arsenic in well water monitoring

Determining water usage is also critical to designing an effective arsenic in water  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 WATER USAGE POST SYSTEM INSTALLATION IS VERY IMPORTANT

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 TANK SET-UP

Because Arsenic in 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/.

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H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based water testing & filtration company formed in 1989, with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA.  The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazine and other periodicals for common regional water contaminants of concern.  See the publications link on the home page of the website at http://h2ocare.wpengine.com  Contact us at [email protected] or call 978-777-8330.

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