According to a recent USGS study, an estimated 4.1 million people in the lower 48 states are potentially exposed to arsenic levels that exceed EPA’s drinking water standards. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study showed that drought may lead to elevated levels of naturally occurring arsenic and that the longer a drought lasts the higher the probability of arsenic concentrations exceeding U.S. EPA drinking water standards. According to researcher estimates, during drought conditions, 4.1 million people in the lower 48 states who use private domestic wells are likely exposed to unsafe levels of arsenic, reported the study. This is an increase of 54% from an estimated 2.7 million people exposed to unhealthy arsenic levels in private wells during non-drought conditions. “The population potentially exposed to arsenic levels exceeding the EPA standard during simulated drought conditions amounts to roughly one-tenth of the estimated 37.2 to 43.2 million people in the conterminous U.S. who use domestic wells for household water supply,” said Melissa Lombard, a USGS hydrologist and lead author of this study, reported USGS. Regardless of whether you have your own well and could face the exposure to Arsenic that this USGS study is anticipating or if your goal really is just to avoid everything bad in your water coming from your tap, you may want to consider a very affordable reverse osmosis system to put under your sink to take everything out of the water. Reverse osmosis drinking water systems are the number one recommendation for removing a wide variety of these contaminants including arsenic, atrazine, chloroform, Lead, Fluoride and other industrial chemicals. The Pentair Everpure ROM IV (EV929650) system is an NSF/ANSI Standard 58 system rated to reduce contaminants including, Arsenic V, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium III, Chromium VI, Copper, Cysts, (Cryptosporidium and Giardia), Fluoride, Lead, Radium 226/228, Selenium, TDS, ( Total Dissolved Solids), Turbidity, Chorine tastes and odors plus carcinogen byproducts and dissolved minerals and salts. Since 1933, Pentair Everpure has been one of the most trusted global brands in the foodservice industry and those who serve it. Their proven solutions help to protect water at your home and where you work. From premium quality ingredient water for foodservice; fresh, clean, drinking water at home or away; or treated water for the whole home, Pentair Everpure delivers peace of mind and water you can trust.
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