Arsenic is a contaminant that is harmful to the human body when not property treated. It has caused cancer and other health issues in humans. The acceptable contaminant level is 50mg/L, but private wells do not have a governing body to regulate each household.

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Testing Private Well Water

When you turn on the faucet for a glass of water and it looks clear and doesn’t have an odor, is it still safe to drink?  The only way to know is to have your water tested regularly.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends a home using a private well have their water tested once per year.  When a home sale occurs, it is mandatory the private well pass a well inspection.  After this inspection, most homeowners never test their water again unless there is an issue.  Read more

Arsenic in Water

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element within the earth and when it comes in contact with water, it dissolves naturally into the water.  In Illinois, it is found in deep bedrock formations and shallow glacial materials.  If not properly tested and resolved arsenic can be harmful to the human body. Read more