Arsenic in water removal — southborough, ma

ARSENIC IN WATER in Southborough, MA

ARSENIC IN WATER REMOVAL 

Arsenic in water occurs 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. Southbor­ough home­own­ers are very sur­prised when they get their lab test results back and see they have arsenic in their well water.  While there are seri­ous health threats asso­ci­at­ed with inges­tion, there are effec­tive meth­ods for remov­ing arsenic in water.  For detail on poten­tial health affects, see the link at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs372/en/

The 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 (which is eas­i­er to remove) is a com­mon approach.  Deter­min­ing the ratio of Arsenic III ver­sus Arsenic V in water is crit­i­cal as this will allow the design and imple­men­ta­tion of a water treat­ment sys­tem that will effec­tive­ly remove it.   There are meth­ods to oxi­dize the Arsenic III and con­vert it to Arsenic V for ease of removal.  Not all towns have detect­ed arsenic in water, how­ev­er, there are pock­ets found in South­bor­ough which increas­es the impor­tance of prop­er test­ing, fol­low-up, etc.

Arsenic in water removal in Southborough, MA well water

Arsenic removal fil­tra­tion tanks with media inside

WATER TEST & ANALYSIS

Water testing for Arsenic in water Southborough, 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 the arsenic in 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 well water Southborough, 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 WATER USE AFTER SYSTEM INSTALLATION IS 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 DESIGNED FOR ADDED SAFETY

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.

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

arsenic in water in Southborough

H2O Care is an established full service, Massachusetts based 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.    You can contact us at [email protected] or by calling 800–539-1100.

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