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Arsenic in drinking water is odorless, tasteless and colorless. The only way to tell if arsenic is present is to test for it. If you decide to test your well, the DEP recommends that you use a laboratory that is DEP-certified to conduct low level arsenic analyses. There are a number of commercial labs in NJ and other states that can measure arsenic as low as 1-2 µg/L in drinking water samples. Additional laboratories in the state are NJDEP-certified to conduct arsenic tests using other analytical techniques that measure arsenic from above 2 µg/L. You can call NJDEP’s Office of Quality Assurance at (609) 292-3950 for more information on laboratories certified to test for arsenic in drinking water. Arsenic testing in
drinking water generally costs less than $50 per sample. The laboratory will instruct you as to how to collect the water sample, or they will collect it themselves.
It is recommended that you conduct two tests to confirm the concentrations. Even if the initial test is low, it is useful to conduct the second test to confirm the results.
Originally posted by peter_kandra
When I sold my house in NJ, since I was on well water, I needed certification that the water was safe. The well cert companies in NJ test for literally every known contaminent. Luckily my well was fine. Unfortunately, about 10 miles west there's an old Nike missle base that had a fire in the 60's and some Plutonium leaked into the underground acquifier. I understand the toxic plume is now spreading off the confines of the base and has the potential to contaminate wells locally. Anyone who lives in western Monmouth and northwestern Ocean county should worry about that.