2 results for tag: arsenic


Arsenic: where is it?

Just because you don’t know it’s there, doesn’t mean it can’t harm you. Whether in apples or well water, arsenic shows up more places than we think – and you can see them all neatly illustrated in Dartmouth College’s recent infographic. Dartmouth has neatly illustrated an issue OEC has been working on. Arsenic is a naturally occurring, stealth chemical. Like a nefarious poison from a fairy tale, you can’t smell, see, feel or sense it. Yet it can be suspended in our water and found in the food we eat. It seeps into our surface and ground water. It is continually being released into the environment as a product of a broad range of human ...

What you should know about well water

If you are like more than 70% of Oregonians, some of your drinking water comes from wells and other groundwater sources. Approximately 23% of Oregonians rely on private wells as their primary source of water – to drink, to bathe in, and to cook their food. Yet this valuable water source can become contaminated.Earlier this month the Medford Mail Tribune took a deep look at one such contaminant affecting Jackson County: arsenic.Jackson County is not alone. Similar problems exist across the state, but for years state agencies have not had the resources to monitor groundwater quality, so there is little information about the extent of the ...