We simply can’t sugarcoat it. It’s the secret that no one likes to talk about, but Northern Nevada has the highest arsenic levels in the continental U.S. (The EPA limit is 10 parts per billion (ppb). Our private wells average 56 ppb -doubling second place Montana at 25 ppb.) . There is no “safe” level for arsenic, only “acceptable”.
“Arsenic is a dangerous neurotoxin & it’s also bio-accumulative, meaning once it’s in your system, it stays there. In our 26 years of helping locals remove arsenic from their water, we’ve come across scores of people who’ve lost a loved one’s , had bladder cancer , leukemia, skin lesions, digestive problems, lost a pet or felt lethargic only to find out they had high levels of arsenic in their blood . Over 50% of the private wells in Northern Nevada exceed the EPA limit for arsenic, and most homeowners don’t even know they should test for it.
City Water Has Arsenic Too: Think only well water is contaminated with arsenic? Think again. We’ve tested water from several sources detected between 3 and 7 ppb arsenic. The local water authority draws water from over 100 wells and it’s often “blended” with our river water to dilute the arsenic levels until they reach the EPA limit. According to the TMWA consumer confidence report, the arsenic in city water spiked at 14 ppb in 2016 and 13.6 ppb in 2017. This isn’t technically a violation because the EPA uses a weighted average, but the end user has no way of knowing when it’s a 14 ppb day and is drinking water that fails Safe Drinking Water Act standards.