Arsenic in water in this region is natural; it is an element of our earth’s crust. New Hampshire has a lot of arsenic in the water. In fact, 1 in 5 houses on a private well in the state have actionable levels of arsenic in their water. More and more attention is being called to this very real water quality problem in the region.
Long term exposure to arsenic has been related to cancers, cardiovascular disease, immunological disorders, diabetes and neurological issues. Arsenic is described as an “accumulative enabler” – its health effects can accumulate over time. The health issues with arsenic have been shown to be primarily related to drinking rather than skin contact, so your first decision is whether you treat the drinking water, at “point of use,” or the whole house or whole facility water, known as “point of entry.” Only you can make the decision.