Before you drink another drop of water from your well in the Upper Thumb read this report from Michigan Public Radio. Interactive maps show the Thumb region has the worst in the state for arsenic in well water.
Arsenic in Michigan water is naturally occurring but can be carcinogenic if consumed. Tainted water can still be used for some activities such as showering and watering the lawn, but officials have warned of the effects of long-term exposure through drinking and cooking.
Huron County Arsenic Hotspots
According to the EPA, arsenic has been linked to several different types of cancer, partial paralysis and blindness. If you discover that your water has arsenic in utilizing a reverse osmosis filter to mitigate the problem. Prices start at about $200.
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