Arsenic is a substance most of us are aware of as being dangerous. Did you know that it is found in water? In 1999, after a study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, the extensive side effects of arsenic were established...
Arsenic can cause bladder, lung, skin, kidney, and liver cancer.It may also cause malfunctions in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the same with blood vessels and the heart. It could also be the major precursor of reproductive issues and even birth defects. The scary thing is, it gets into our drinking water supply and comes through our taps at home!
What Is Arsenic?
Arsenic is a natural element that is widely found in the Earth's soil. There are two forms of arsenic, organic and inorganic. High levels of organic arsenic occur naturally in many types of food and is a very low risk to human health. Inorganic arsenic is found naturally in soil or rock and this type can pose a serious risk to health - Department of Health WA
How Does Arsenic Get Into Our Water Supply?Drinking water can be contaminated with inorganic arsenic by either,
- Wind-blown dust
- Leaching or runoff from soil, rocks, and sediment