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Arsenic in water may occur naturally and is a tasteless, odorless and colorless contaminant. There are other activities that could also have left arsenic residuals.  These include apple orchard spraying, coal ash disposal, and use of some pressure treated wood. While there are serious health threats associated with ingestion, there are effective methods for removing arsenic in drinking water. For detail on potential health affects, see the link at:

Approximately 20 percent of private wells in Massachusetts produce water that exhibit unhealthy levels of arsenic in drinking water. Well inspection and testing well water is the best way to make sure that your water is clean and safe to drink.

remove arsenic from drinking water in Hopkinton, MA   The two primary forms of Arsenic in well 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.  Additionally, 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 your drinking water.  There are methods to oxidize the Arsenic III and convert it to Arsenic V for ease of removal.

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Water testing for Arsenic in drinking water Hopkinton, MA

Having a complete laboratory water test and analysis, including parameters that can negatively impact arsenic removal media, is critical.  Subsequently, a safe water treatment system can be designed to remove arsenic from well water. Also, pH can significantly affect Arsenic media performance.  In addition, other competing ions can affect performance.  These include Iron, Manganese, Hardness, Vanadium, Sulfate, Phosphate, Silica, Total Dissolved Solids, Suspended Solids and Hydrogen Sulfide. Go to our publications section of our website and click on the Arsenic removal article at


Water meter for arsenic in drinking water monitoring Hopkinton, MA

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, and size of the incoming water line.  Also, the number of residents in the home, the number of bathrooms is important.  Finally, space availability for equipment installation, electrical availability and water discharge location or restrictions should be determined.


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.


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.

Additionally, It should be noted, for a point of use system, reverse osmosis technology is effective for removing arsenic.  For more on this, see the link at

In summary, finding Arsenic in well water may first come as a shock, however , if you are contemplating buying a home that has it,  a safe, effective system can be installed to eliminate this problem.

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H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based water testing & filtration company formed in 1989 with offices in Stow, Middleton & Lakeville, MA. The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazines -see http://www.h2ocare/pub. Contact us at [email protected] or call 800-539-1100.