Maine Water Health Concerns: Arsenic, Radon, Uranium
Approximately 40% of all Maine homes receive their household water supply from a private well. The EPA regulations that protect public drinking water systems do not apply to privately owned wells. As a result, owners of private wells are each responsible for ensuring that their water is clean and safe from all primary, health related, contaminants.
Water Radon is a tasteless odorless gas that enters a home through both Water and Air supplies. Exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking.
Water Arsenic is a tasteless, odorless carcinogen that can enter a home’s drinking water through both natural and man-made sources. Long term exposure to arsenic has been linked to many health risks including cancer of the bladder, lungs, and kidneys.
Water Uranium is also a tasteless, odorless carcinogen quite common in wells throughout Maine. Areas like Casco, Naples and Scarborough have been know to have “pockets” of water Uranium and concentrations in excess of recommend health risk standards.
Other Maine Water Health Concerns
In addition to water based Radon, Arsenic and Uranium, other primary contaminants also pose health risks to private drinking water supplies. These can include:
- Sodium (for those with heart conditions)
- Fluoride (excessive levels are linked to weakening of the bones)
If you have concerns that your home’s water supply may contain any of these contaminants, please feel free to contact our offices. We’ll be happy to advise you on appropriate testing procedures or provide information on various treatment methods.
Also, for more in depth information on water health concerns and other water related topics visit our Water Resource Blog for helpful information and advise.