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LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan residents will be able to get
free test kits to check the levels of arsenic in their well water,
the state said.
The state Environmental Quality and Community Health departments
have joined local health departments to conduct testing for arsenic,
notify residents of the level of arsenic in their wells, discuss
public health concerns, provide educational materials and suggest
ways to reduce arsenic levels.
Residents can obtain test kits through their local health
department. To qualify for a kit, a person must be a resident of the
county or local health department jurisdiction and live in a
residence served by its own water well.
Though the kits are free, it will cost residents $3 in postage to
send the sample to the laboratory.
Water well testing results indicate that 48 counties may have
groundwater that exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
health guideline for arsenic. In October 2001, the EPA lowered the
arsenic drinking standard from 50 micrograms per liter to 10
micrograms per liter.
Long-term exposure to arsenic over the drinking water standard has
been linked to stomach problems, fatigue, cancer, heart disease and
other health problems.
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