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Knowledge - Identify your individual risk by testing your water source.
See the list of certified laboratories capable of doing such analysis here.
|Action - Identify a treatment system or remediation technique amenable to your home and lifestyle. See options below for methods designed to diminish exposure to arsenic.|
There are two species of arsenic found in drinking water: Arsenic 3 and Arsenic 5
Arsenic 3 is very difficult to remove from water and must be oxidized to Arsenic 5 prior to removal. For an additional charge a certified laboratory can determine the species of arsenic in your water and a treatment system can be implemented to convert arsenic 3 to arsenic 5. Typically chlorine is used for the conversion.
Two types of systems are available: point-of-use (at the tap) or point of entry (whole house)
The point-of-use system is typically installed beneath your kitchen sink and is meant for drinking water. This is a cheaper option, but your other water sources will be unaffected.
The point-of-entry system is more expensive since it will treat all the water entering your house.
|3.||Determine if other constituents are in your water, such as iron or manganese. These may inhibit the treatment system, and thus should be removed prior to installation of a treatment system.|