Arsenic Reducing Products
Arsenic is a highly toxic element that has been classified as a carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. Since arsenic does not usually dissolve in water, it typically only gets into the water supply as runoff from agricultural operations or from metallurgical or mining operations. Commercial-grade phosphate dumped into the water may also have arsenic in it.
Arsenic is primarily used in alloys of lead - such as in car batteries or ammunition. It is also used in electronics, such as in the semiconductor, gallium arsenide. Arsenic and arsenic compounds can also be found in the production of pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides, although its use in those applications is declining due to its toxicity.
People can be exposed to natural sources of arsenic through contact with volcanic ash, minerals and ores, and arsenic-contaminated groundwater. Arsenic is absorbed by plants - especially leafy vegetables - and therefore exposure can occur through the ingestion of contaminated rice, apple juice, grape juice, and seafood.
Arsenic contamination in groundwater is most common to the American Southwest, although areas of New England, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakotas have also shown significant concentrations of arsenic in groundwater. In some areas of the United States, more than 20% of private wells may contain arsenic levels that exceed safe limits.
Low-level exposure to arsenic can compromise the immune system, increasing the risk for serious illness. That same level of exposure (10 parts per billion, or 10 ppb) also suggests an increase in risk for bladder cancer. There also exists evidence linking the consumption of arsenic-contaminated drinking water with the development of diabetes.
Arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical element that is highly poisonous and has been evaluated by the EPA as a carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). In fact, the EPA states that all forms of arsenic are a serious risk to human health. In its 2001 Priority List of Hazardous Substances at Superfund sites, the United States Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ranked arsenic number 1.
What makes arsenic in water especially dangerous is that it is often undetectable by taste, appearance, or odor, and by its nature can be very harmful to anyone who drinks it. Arsenic filtering systems serve as an extra degree of protection beyond any provided by municipal water treatment.
The EPA approves the use of adsorptive media systems for use as arsenic water filtration systems. Another governmental study also recommends the use of deep sediments to act as adsorptive water filters for arsenic in order to treat the presence of arsenic in groundwater. Both of these suggestions reaffirm Multipure's use of carbon blocks in their arsenic water filter systems, as carbon blocks rely on their high adsorptive properties to treat contaminants in drinking water. Multipure's Aqualuxe and Aquaperform drinking water systems utilize a specially-formulated solid carbon block filter to remove Arsenic-V (pentavalent arsenic), thus serving as arsenic filtering systems. Through the process of adsorption, the arsenic water filter forces the contaminants to "stick" to the filter as the water passes through, removing it from the water stream. Through a combination of mechanical filtration, physiochemical adsorption, and electtrokinetic adsorption, Multipure's arsenic filters can reduce not only Arsenic-V, but also the presence of other contaminants like asbestos, cysts, particulates, lead, mercury, PCBs, toxaphene, and chlorine.
More than any standard arsenic filtration system, Multipure's arsenic filter systems are designed to be comprehensive in their contaminant reduction performance. Other arsenic filter systems on the market may only treat arsenic and chlorine, for example, but Multipure wants to ensure that beyond just being a water filter for arsenic, Multipure's Aqualuxe and Aquaperform treat aesthetic contaminants, health contaminants, emerging contaminants, and - in the case of the Aqualuxe - bacteria and viruses.
This is why Multipure's Aqualuxe and Aquaperform arsenic water filtration systems are NSF-certified and tested according to NSF/ANSI Standards 42 (Aesthetic Effects), 53 (Health Effects), and 401 (Emerging Contaminants) for the reduction of arsenic and many other toxins. NSF Certification is a very stringent quality assurance protocol that assures that our arsenic water filter systems are structurally sound and meet the contaminant reduction claims we make. Maintaining NSF certification requires continuous quality testing, so you can be confident that our products are effective as an arsenic removal filter for your drinking water.
Ultimately, Multipure offers the best solution in arsenic filters for drinking water. More than other manufacturers' arsenic water filters, systems from Multipure give you the assurance that comes from superior performance that has been third-party verified by the leading drinking water treatment testing agency in the world, NSF International.
Multipure offers water filters for arsenic as well as other harmful contaminants in drinking water. If you are interested in ordering an Aqualuxe, Aquaperform, or even an extra arsenic removal filter cartridge, you can do so above or contact your local Multipure Independent Builder for more information.