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  • Arsenic poisoning from drinking water

    A study published in The Lancet this month calculated mortality rates associated with arsenic exposure from drinking water in a Bangladeshi population. Individual-level data was used to determine that 21.4% of all deaths and 23.5% of deaths associated with chronic disease in this population could be attributed to arsenic exposure. Millions of people worldwide are chronically exposed to arsenic ...

  • Private U.S. Drinking Water Wells Contaminated with Arsenic and Other Harmful Elements

    Geologists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently discovered that 13 percent of untreated drinking water contains at least one potentially dangerous element at a concentration exceeding federal regulations or guidelines, reports Scientific American. Researchers checked private wells for 24 trace elements and found that they taint more wells than other pollutants, such as pesticides and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EPA orders Douglas drinking water system to reduce arsenic

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Monte Vista Water Company to reduce arsenic levels in their drinking water system or face penalties of up to $37,500 per day for each violation. The EPA’s order requires the system, serving over 150 residents northwest of downtown, to develop and meet a schedule to comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act’s arsenic standard ...

  • Arsenic Leaches into Iowa Water Supply

    Arsenic has numerous forms, one of which is arsenite. When arsenic is described as harmful, the specific type of arsenic being referred to is arsenite. It is the most common form of arsenic found in drinking water.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ingesting small amounts of arsenite can cause nausea, vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Arsenic-free water for rural India

    High levels of arsenic in the groundwater in areas of northeast India and Bangladesh are a recognised public health problem. However, the Isolux Technologies Division of MEL Chemicals, Inc. teamed up with an Indian engineering firm in 2009 to supply 39 arsenic treatment systems customised to the requirements of rural Indian villages. Water supply in rural northeast areas of India and neighbouring ...

  • Technique for arsenic-free water developed

    A novel approach to arsenic removal could lead to a quick and inexpensive purification of drinking water in developing countries. Previous research demonstrated that arsenic can be removed from water using activated carbon or iron minerals, such as magnetite nanocrystals. However, such particles are too small to be effective in flowing water and they quickly degrade when exposed to the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • U.S. EPA Orders Kern County Public Water System to Reduce Arsenic in Drinking Water

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently settled with Arvin Community Services District (ACSD), located in Arvin, Calif., for arsenic violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. ACSD has agreed to provide residents with alternative water until they are found to be in compliance and will pay a penalty of $14,750. In October 2008, EPA issued an order requiring the system to meet the arsenic ...

  • EPA Orders Public Water System on Indian Reservation in Riverside County to Address Arsenic in Drinking Water

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week ordered D&D Mobile Home Park to address violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. D&D, located on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Reservation in Riverside County, was found to have high levels of arsenic in its public system that provides drinking water to its 300 mobile park residents. The order requires D&D to come into ...

  • Extreme Arsenic Levels Found in Arizona Water

    PHOENIX, Arizona (ENS) - An Arizona water utility has been ordered to provide an alternative source of drinking water to customers within three days because it is currently serving water with arsenic concentrations more than 30 times the federal standard. Long term exposure to arsenic may lead to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidneys, nasal passages, liver and ...

  • ION EXCHANGE TREATMENT PLANT ENDS NITRATE, ARSENIC, AND URANIUM CONTAMINATION PROBLEM FOR CITY`S DRINKING WATER

    The Purolite Company has announced the availability of a third-party technical case history that describes how theinstallation of a multi-contaminant-removal, ion exchange treatment plant for McCook, NE’s drinking water was specified and installed to end a 15-year old nitrate contamination problem that had increased in scope over the years to also include uranium and arsenic. The two-page ...


    By Purolite Corporation

  • Plastic bottles could clean arsenic-contaminated water

    Chopped up plastic bottles covered in a common chemical may be a simple and inexpensive method for removing arsenic from drinking water. A team of chemists at Monmouth University, United States, found that bits of plastic coated with cysteine, a common molecule found in foods, bind to arsenic. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Occurrence of arsenic a reminder of the importance of testing well water

    The occurrence of arsenic in some well water in Pennsylvania is a reminder that private well owners should test their water regularly, the National Ground Water Association said today. “NGWA recommends that private well owners test their water annually for bacteria, nitrate, and anything of local concern, the latter of which could include arsenic for some Pennsylvanians,” said NGWA ...

  • Arsenic: when will the clean water start flowing?

    Razia Begum has been asking the same question for two years now: 'Please will someone fix my arsenic filter?' She lives in Nagda, a village in one of the areas of Bangladesh most severely contaminated by arsenic in drinking water — although at first glance there is nothing about the village's lush paddy fields to suggest anything dangerous. Razia's family, like many thousands of others in such ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Identifying areas at risk for arsenic contamination

    The contamination of groundwater with arsenic poses a risk to the health of millions of people, especially in the densely populated river deltas of Southeast Asia. To date, no method has been available for identifying high-risk areas without conducting costly sampling campaigns. Now, Eawag has developed a model that allows vulnerable areas to be pinpointed using existing data on geology and soil ...

  • Cow dung a detox for arsenic sludge

    Bangladeshi scientists have found in cow dung an efficient agent to treat the toxic sludge that is generated by the removal of naturally-occurring arsenic in groundwater. "Microorganisms present in cow dung volatilise arsenic in the sludge," says Mohammad Azizur Rahman, research scientist at the geosciences centre of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Arsenic wood field testing kit

    Now available from Industrial Test Systems, Inc. is a quick, easy, field test kit that can confirm the presence of inorganic arsenic in wood. Arsenic Quick™ 481396-W kit is a modification of the US Patented, ETV Verified arsenic test for drinking water. This 10 minute test readily confirms the absence or presence of arsenic in any wood sample, including CCA treated lumber using safe ...

  • Drinking water wells vulnerable to contamination

    New USGS groundwater studies explain what, when, and how contaminants may reach public-supply wells. All wells are not equally vulnerable to contamination because of differences in three factors: the general chemistry of the aquifer, groundwater age, and direct paths within aquifer systems that allow water and contaminants to reach a well. More than 100 million people in the United States ...

  • The Pentair Foundation funds Arsenic-free water efforts in Bangladesh

    An estimated 77 million people in Bangladesh, or roughly half of the country's population, have been exposed to toxic arsenic levels in their drinking water since the 1970s. That's when the installation of hand-pumped wells throughout Bangladesh began tapping groundwater laden with naturally occurring arsenic. In response to this crisis, the Ecological ...

  • New Range of Portable Arsenic Test Kits

    The new DigiPAsS and VisuPAsS systems from Palintest Ltd offer accurate, laboratory-standard testing in a portable field kit format. Both options use the well-established Gutzeit method to detect Arsenic levels in drinking water, up to and well beyond the WHO recommended maximum of 10 mg/l. The method used first converts all Arsenic in a sample to ...

  • Dow Water Solutions Reduces Arsenic to Non-Detectable Levels in Arizona

    ADSORBSIA™ GTO™ Media Helps Black Canyon City Comply with EPA Standards MIDLAND, Mich.—  Dow Water Solutions today announced that three water treatment systems, incorporating ADSORBSIA™ GTO™ arsenic removal media, have reduced the presence of arsenic to non-detectable levels in Black Canyon City, Ariz.  Operating efficiently since August 2006, the systems are purifying wells ...

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