As many of you already know, the Federal Government lowered the ‘acceptable’ level of free-dissolved arsenic in drinking water served by public/municipal water systems from 50ppb to 10ppb. But, did you know this decision had little to no effect or bearing on private well owners?
Why is that? Simple: No laws require that their owners test them for continued water quality once they get approved for use. That means a well which passed muster for arsenic (and other contaminants) three years ago may now contain dangerous levels of contaminants and no one knows it.
What can a private well owner do? They COULD send their water out for laboratory analysis, which could cost them a pretty penny OR they could pick up an easy-to-use, accurate field test kit for arsenic in water like this:
The kit above has a detection range of 0.0, 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, 0.06, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, >0.5, >0.5 ppm (mg/L) and you may also use this kit for determining the arsenic concentration of soil. With a total test time of just 12 minutes, this inexpensive (< $25 USD) home water test kit makes testing well water for arsenic with EPA/ETV Test Verified Performance accuracy as easy as it will ever get.
Also, for those of you interested in testing down to even lower levels, we recommend you consider the other easy-to-use, field-ready home water test kits for arsenic in the Arsenic Testing section of the Water Test Kit Store. Each kit shares the same reliability, accuracy and dependability as the original Arsenic Quick kit and uses the same proven chemistry.
- Arsenic Quick II — <1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 20, 25, 30, 40, >50, >80, >120, >160 ppb (micrograms/L)
- Arsenic Low-Range Quick — <0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, >20, >30, > 50 ppb (micrograms/L)