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Old 08-31-2015, 05:53 PM
 
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So, the house we are interested in came back with elevated arsenic level, .25 was the level and .10 is acceptable i believe. The agent is saying that 80% of wells in Hollis and similar areas have this because of the abundance of apple orchards. Anyone deal with this or know this to be true? Big deal? I hear reverse osmosis system is the best remedy. Thanks
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:14 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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I've never heard the "apple farm" explanation before! Naturally occurring arsenic is common in NH, I saw several house with arsenic treatment systems, I wouldn't consider it a deal killer.

With such a low level, one option is to go with point-of-use for drinking and cooking (skin contact is not a significant exposure path), and of course annual retesting.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:00 PM
 
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If you discover that your water has arsenic in it, you can install a reverse osmosis filter next to your kitchen sink. Prices start at about $200.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:38 PM
 
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We had a similar level at our house. Did reverse osmosis at the sink. Added bonus is the water taste great now
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:19 PM
 
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Sorry to hijack but I have a question that is sort of related to this topic...

if the water from your well has a metallic taste, will the reverse osmosis or any other kind of filter help with that? I've heard from a few ppl I know in NH and MA that have wells that their water has a strong metallic taste.
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:27 PM
 
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Sorry to hijack but I have a question that is sort of related to this topic...

if the water from your well has a metallic taste, will the reverse osmosis or any other kind of filter help with that? I've heard from a few ppl I know in NH and MA that have wells that their water has a strong metallic taste.
Have your water tested for arsenic, iron, manganese, copper, alkalinity, nitrates, pH and lead. How old is your house and what are your water pipes made of? You also may want to contact a company like Allied Clearwater (603- 642-9901).
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:04 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Reverse osmosis takes pretty much everything out of your water. But as Wells5 points out, always good to know what your problem is before throwing money at it.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:37 AM
 
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Have your water tested for arsenic, iron, manganese, copper, alkalinity, nitrates, pH and lead. How old is your house and what are your water pipes made of? You also may want to contact a company like Allied Clearwater (603- 642-9901).
I don't have a house yet - in the market currently. It was just a general question about metallic taste in well water and if there's any way to remove it.
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:46 AM
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Our house sat empty for 17 years before we bought it. Our arsenic levels were a little bit over the acceptable level. I think that are levels are much better now that we've been here two years and giving our well a good workout. However, we've not gotten around to getting our water quality tested again. Our solution was to order our drinking water from Poland Springs.

At least our house well water is not rich in iron. One of our immediate neighbors has rusty water in their house.
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:01 AM
 
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Our house sat empty for 17 years before we bought it. Our arsenic levels were a little bit over the acceptable level. I think that are levels are much better now that we've been here two years and giving our well a good workout. However, we've not gotten around to getting our water quality tested again. Our solution was to order our drinking water from Poland Springs.

At least our house well water is not rich in iron. One of our immediate neighbors has rusty water in their house.
In this regard, I really wish NH had more infrastructure like access to sewers and drinking water.
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