Do CT Residents Need to Test For Arsenic or Uranium in Their Wells?
The Connecticut Department of Public Health recently released a report stating that there could be high levels of arsenic or uranium in wells throughout parts of the state.
What Are the Facts?
According to the report, an updated U.S. Geological Survey study showed the followed:
- Approximately 3.9% of private wells across the state contain water with arsenic at concentrations higher than the EPA’s maximum contaminant level for public drinking water supplies
- 4.7% of private wells in the state also have uranium concentrations higher than the EPA’s standards
Where Do Arsenic and Uranium Come From?
According to the CDC, arsenic occurs naturally in rocks and soil and is used for a variety of purposes within industry and agriculture. It is also a byproduct of copper smelting, mining, and coal burning.
Naturally-occurring uranium is the result of dissolving or eroding soils and rocks that contain uranium. It’s more likely to have higher levels in drilled wells when the water flows from cracks or fractures in bedrock than in shallow dug or bored wells and surface water supplies.
Since arsenic and uranium are naturally occurring metals in bedrock around the world, wells drilled into bedrock aquifers can sometimes produce water containing arsenic or uranium.
How Can Arsenic or Uranium Affect My Family’s Health?
According to the new report: “Arsenic exposure has been related to increased cancer risk, low birth weight, decreased child intellectual development, immune system suppression and other adverse health outcomes. Ingestion of uranium, such as through drinking water, has been associated with kidney disease.”
Please check the Connecticut Department of Health for further information.
What Can I Do to Find Out if My Well Has Arsenic or Uranium?
Please contact a reputable home inspector or schedule a private well test if you have any concerns.
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