State advises well water testing for arsenic and uranium
Connecticut health officials are suggesting that homeowners with private wells test their water for arsenic and uranium. Wells across the state have been found to contain dangerously high levels of those chemicals.
But state epidemiologist Brian Toal says lately he’s seen reports of arsenic at 40 parts per billion in private wells. And in some cases, uranium was found at more than 500 parts per billion. In the past, officials thought they were just isolated cases. Not anymore.
Arsenic is also in the air and even in our food, especially seafood. But Toal says it’s more likely to be toxic in water.
“Arsenic in drinking water is a carcinogen. It increases risk of skin, lung and bladder cancer.”
The state estimates that 400,000 people in Connecticut get their water from private wells. Officials recommend testing for arsenic and uranium every five years, or when selling a house or drilling a new well.