In the meantime, Penna said she plans to test her water quarterly.
There’s a whole list of other contaminants Penna has yet to check her well for.
Her sister, who lives in Newtown, has already tested her home’s water and discovered her radon levels are 18000 picocuries per liter more than three times the ‘staterecommended’ limit of 5000 picocuries per liter. State Geologist Margaret Thomas said ‘naturally occurring’ arsenic is found in rocks that contain iron sulfites, that are prevalent in New England. Health officials believe arsenic enters private well water from the surrounding bedrock. It’s an interesting fact that the state requires tests of private drinking water only once when the well is installed and arsenic isn’t on the list of contaminants laboratories are mandated to test for under the state Public Health Code. Code requires new wells to be tested for tal coliform, nitrate, nitrite, sodium, chloride, iron, manganese, hardness, turbidity, pH, sulfate, apparent color and odor.
Weston residents rushed to test their own well water after hearing of Penna and Wilson’s findings, and 104 homeowners have reported their results to the ‘WestportWeston’ Health Department, Director Mark Cooper said. About 30 the wells percent tested positive for arsenic in levels above the acceptable health limit. Did you know that the state public health department recommends homeowners with high levels of arsenic in their well water stop drinking from the tap until they’ve installed remediation systems on their homes. Homeowners should consult a water service professional to determine which method should work best for their house, Toal said, metal oxide filters or reverse osmosis procedures are typically used to treat arsenic contamination. Despite the fact that the heavy metal had been linked to serious health problems, the state has not investigated the scope or severity of arsenic contamination. Basically, it’s not known how prevalent arsenic is in residential well water, look, there’re an estimated 400000 private wells in Connecticut serving approximately 526700 people. This is the case. With her hair sample testing positive for 16 micrograms per gram well above the recommended limit of 15 micrograms per gram, the results revealed high arsenic levels.
She eventually visited a Westport natural pathologist, who sent a sample of her hair to a Georgia laboratory for analysis.
Arsenic was also historically used as a pesticide, mainly in apple orchards.
Even if it would’ve been possible to do a geographic analysis on the basis of geologic mapping, the state has not studied the location or extent of arsenic containing bedrock, Thomas said. Homeowners won’t know to test their wells for arsenic if public health officials don’t alert them, Penna and Wilson said. When it issued a news release recommending all homeowners test their well water any five years for arsenic and uranium, the department didn’t even recommend statewide arsenic testing until last week. Then the state DPH does not require private well owners to test their water for arsenic and similar known toxins, similar to pesticides, copper and radon. Penna and Wilson live in identical wooded neighborhood of rural Weston, where dozens of the town’s 10000 residents use private well water.
So Weston Field Club, about four miles away, recently tested positive for elevated arsenic levels, said General Manager Jeff Champion.
Stamford’s health department detected arsenic in 24 of 227 well water tests performed since The state DPH has also found the heavy metal in drinking wells across Connecticut, most recently in Pomfret and Somers, said state epidemiologist Brian Toal.
Arsenic contamination ain’t confined to Weston’s borders. Actually the water sampled from Penna’s kitchen sink and analyzed by Aqua Environmental contained arsenic in amounts equal to 022 milligrams per liter, more than twice the acceptable health limit. Another raw water test performed a month later by Stratfordbased Complete Environmental Testing Inc. Assuaging property value fears and changing the way local and state health officials approach water contamination won’t happen in one day, said Stamford resident Karen DeFalco. Ed Meyer, DGuilford, said he should support expanding the list of contaminants that laboratories are required to test for when new wells are installed.
Mandating more frequent testing of private drinking water must be an ugher bill to pass.
The General Assembly’s Environmental Committee chairman said he is open to exploring the real poser.
State Sen. Stamford’s public testing program, that has tested more than 1000 of the city’s estimated 5000 private drinking wells over the last year, has helped local and state officials learn more about pesticide contamination and inspired other testing across Connecticut. DeFalco, president of the North Stamford Concerned Citizens for the Environment nonprofit, was an early advocate for municipal and state intervention in 2009 after the carcinogenic pesticides chlordane and dieldrin were discovered in North Stamford drinking wells. That is interesting. The Connecticut Department of Public Health has received numerous reports in recent years of pesticide and heavy metal contamination in residential drinking water across the state. It turned out arsenic, in levels more than twice the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended health limit of 01 milligrams per liter, had been flowing from the two women’s taps and they’re not alone. Furthermore, the state has done little research on the source or location of well water contaminants just like arsenic, and requires the testing of private drinking water only once when a completely new well is installed.
In line with the American Medical Association, a fact sheet published on the state health department’s website said urine and hair arsenic tests are difficult to interpret and, are unreliable. In line with the publication, a good method investigate arsenic exposure is to test drinking water. Wilson so sent samples of her family’s hair out for analysis her fiveyearold daughter’s hair tested positive for high arsenic levels, she said. Water sample taken from Wilson’s kitchen and analyzed by Aqua Environmental Laboratory in Newtown contained 021 arsenic milligrams per liter, that is twice the recommended health limit. She consulted a few doctors and xicologists but had a hard time finding someone who could test her for arsenic poisoning. Needless to say, wanted to know if the metal was present in her body after years of drinking her well water, penna installed a water filtration system.
I am sure that the Weston mothers suffered similar symptoms. CAT scans, skin biopsies, ultrasounds and even a brain scan, they decided to test their well water, just after shelling out thousands of dollars on blood tests. Earlier this year the public health department updated its fact sheet, Arsenic in Private Drinking Water Wells, that it sent to local health officials and posted online. State health officials are looking to boost the public’s awareness of arsenic contamination, Toal said. She decided to test her well water after other Weston mothers reported similar hair loss. Penna, a mother of three young children whose home was built in the 1960s, moved to Weston eight years ago.