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Old 02-18-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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I currently live in Sandy, Oregon and we were planning to move around the Eugene area. I was recently told that there is Arsenic in the Ground Water of the Willamette Basin, Oregon...which includes areas like Sweet home, Creswell etc...

I did a bit of research on this arsenic concern, and found out.... that because of the Volcanic activity in the area, natural formation of arsenic is found in alot of deep wells in the Willamette area.

Wondering if anyone has had problems with arsenic in their water, if so...what was done to clean it. What filters were used.
Thanks
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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Yikes, I'd also be interested in this info as I'm planning a move in the area as well! Thanks for the heads up Organic Mama.
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Yes there are some streaks of arsenic in the valley as well as down south. I am only aware of one well that tested positive for arsenic (in Aurora) and the seller installed a reverse osmosis system to take care of it. I am not a well expert, but you do need some type of permanent system.

There is the reverse osmosis system, which is what I think we mostly use out here, a distillation system, and there is one more, but I can't remember the details of it.

In Oregon the seller of the home is required to test for nitrates and coliform bacteria by law. I usually ask them to test for lead and arsenic at the same time.
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Actually there's many places in the USA with arsenic in the ground water. I know I've read where there's some in Nevada. These maps show it all over.You can read more about it if you want.
Geotimes - November 2001 - Mapping Arsenic
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