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Arsenic in Water

A naturally occurring mineral element, arsenic is primarily found in conjunction with sulphur and heavy metals.

Frequently used for strengthening lead and copper, it is often used as a component in car batteries and electronics. Arsenic can also be found in treated wood products, herbicides, and insecticides. While arsenic can accumulate in water through erosion, it is more commonly the result of industrial or agricultural runoff.

Effects of arsenic in water

One of the more dangerous water contaminants, arsenic can be toxic even in small quantities over the long term. According to studies conducted by Health Canada and the United States' EPA, prolonged arsenic exposure has been known to cause or increase certain types of cancer, nervous system damage, skin conditions, and other health concerns.

Signs and symptoms of arsenic-contaminated water

Arsenic in water can be hard to detect because it is both odourless and tasteless. However, there are still a few factors that can help you determine if your water might be at risk for contamination:

  • If you rely on a private well as your water source.
  • If you live in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, parts of Alberta, Manitoba, or Saskatchewan (all areas known to have higher concentrations of naturally occurring arsenic).
  • If you live near a large agricultural or industrial area.

The Canadian Water Network has tested and identified areas of arsenic hotspots in many of the provinces. If you have any questions about your water quality, you can call your utility provider or schedule a free basic water test from your local Culligan Water Expert.

Treating water with arsenic

The most effective way to treat arsenic-contaminated water is through a series of filters, so that any accompanying contaminants, like fluoride or TDS, can be effectively removed along with the arsenic. Culligan offers a variety of products with layers of media filtration specifically designed to treat and reduce arsenic in water.

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