Arsenic has been a hot topic for the past few years. Most people are aware of the element found in water, although, there are still many that are left uneducated. So what does one do when they see that their Arsenic levels are above the EPA levels? The Homeowner typically becomes scared and refuses to consume or even bath in their water. They fear that they are going to turn green (no really, I have heard this many times). What do they do next? They start to research on Google. Unfortunately, Google search is not the best approach when finding out treatment methods as it can lead you to making impulsive decisions, over spending, or even more so, fall for scare tactics.
First thing you can do is take a deep breath and start drinking and cooking with bottled water. The next step is to educate yourself on what Arsenic is and how it can affect you and your family. Lastly, forgive yourself for not being aware that a colorless, odorless, and tasteless element was found in your water.
The next steps are to get in touch with a Company that specializes in water treatment. While doing this keep in mind that much like Car Dealerships some Water Treatment Companies have Sales People. Some salespeople are reputable while others over sell. During this crucial part of the process keep the following in mind:
9 out of 10 people will immediately request a Whole House quote. A trustworthy Company should evaluate your levels and provide you a logical reason as to why they recommend that option.
Here is why:
If your Arsenic levels are above 100 ug/L then a Whole House option should be considered. The reason behind this is because Arsenic is absorbed through the skin at a 10% absorption rate which would in fact make the levels above the limits when bathing. Keep in mind that there are different treatment options for a Whole House Arsenic Removal System and here are some steps to follow:
Once the Customer is aware of these differences 9 out of 10 will choose a Point of Use System just treating the Kitchen sink. Most of the reasons are due to finances and that there is a substantial difference in pricing between the two. Keep in mind that when levels are below 100 ug/L treatment options are a preference so do what is best for you and your family.