While Bainbridge is one of the most beautiful and serene places to live, there is a hidden danger that lays below the surface. The Ferncliff aquifer provides many residences with water, water that contains arsenic.
Arsenic exists in many forms and can change colors like a chameleon. It can exchange ions easily to bond with other elements, which makes it tricky to treat and often quite expensive.
Long term exposure in even small quantities can lead to cancer of the kidneys, skin, bladder and lungs.
How do I know if I have arsenic in my water?
Well water should be tested on a regular basis, at least once a year. Many companies offer free in-home water testing to determine what substances are in your water, however these tests do not cover bacteria, coliform and arsenic. They can collect a sample and send it into a lab for analysis for as little as $85. That’s a small price to pay considering the damage these substance can cause to your health.
Your results will be compared to EPA standards, and you will receive a copy of your results to keep on file. The EPA has established a standard of no more than 10 parts per billion for arsenic, though many who have arsenic below the EPA standards still wish to treat their water.
Methods of treatment
Whole Home Reverse Osmosis
This is a great way to insure your water is top quality, but it comes with a hefty price tag. The average cost of a whole home reverse osmosis system after installation is $21,000. Installation itself can be a rather complex process and requires a professional level of understanding.
Whole Home Arsenic Specialized Units
These systems are designed to your specific needs and can be an affordable alternative to Reverse Osmosis. Installation is much easier than Reverse Osmosis and often requires less resources.
Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact Pure Water Northwest!