Federal Government Lowers
MCL to 10 ppb for Arsenic
"Easy-to-Use Screening Method Available"
The Federal Government dropped the MCL (maximum contaminant level) down to 10 ppb for arsenic. This means a lot of public water systems ran into trouble because previously, their arsenic levels passed muster... and then suddenly they did not.
Many of these systems installed very expensive, complex filtration systems (reverse osmosis, etc.) in order to remain in compliance. Other smaller systems could not afford such equipment upgrades and had to get grants from the government.
Personal wells do not fall under government jurisdiction and as an example of the problems many communities face, the State of North Carolina sampled a number of wells statewide and discovered dangerously high levels of arsenic in a many counties where private wells are far more common than public water systems.
For that reason Simply Frogg suggests the owners of private wells test their water routinely for arsenic. Previously that testing required a laboratory even for a field screening, but the folks at Industrial Test Systems, Inc. created a highly affordable line of EPA/ETV Test Verified arsenic field kits.
With minimal chemistry involved and a total test time as low as 12 minutes, it makes no sense for private well owners and members of small water systems to not screen their water on a regular basis.
For more information on this product, please take a look at the Arsenic Test Kits available in the Water Test Kit Store.
Information on the performance characteristics of Quick can be found at www.epa.gov/etv, or you can simply click here for a copy of the ETV verification report. Note: The use of the ETV® Name and/or Logo neither implies approval or certification of this product nor does it make any explicit or implied warranties or guarantees as to product performance.