Test for Arsenic in Drinking Water
What is arsenic?
Arsenic is a metal that is odorless and tasteless. It enters drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the earth or from agricultural and industrial practices. Approximately 90 percent of industrial arsenic in the U.S. is currently used as a wood preservative, but arsenic is also used in paints, dyes, metals, drugs, soaps, and semi-conductors. Agricultural applications, mining, and smelting also contribute to arsenic releases in the environment.
What are arsenic's health effects?
Some people who drink water containing arsenic well in excess of the MCL for many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
How does arsenic get into my drinking water?
The major sources of arsenic in drinking water are erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; and runoff from glass & electronics production wastes.
Arsenic is one of the most common and important tests offered and must be performed by a professional laboratory using sensitive instruments. Our chemists analyze thousands of arsenic tests per year using the most state-of the-art instruments to ensure your water is safe.
Your test kit will include a sample bottle and easy to follow sample collection instructions. When testing is complete, a report will be issued identifying any problems detected with your sample.