On the Radio: UI center finds contaminants in Iowa’s well water

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Check out this week’s radio piece here.  This Iowa Environmental Focus segement discusses contamination in Iowa’s ground water.

What’s in your water? That’s the question that the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination is answering for many Iowans.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

This University of Iowa center conducted multiple studies on Iowa’s rural well water over the past two decades. Their ongoing project is to create a monitoring network for arsenic in Iowa groundwater.

Their past studies found numerous private wells containing high levels of unwanted contaminants – including arsenic. Additionally, some wells contained E. coli and low levels of pesticides and herbicides.

Given the risk of contamination and the resulting negative health effects – such as bacterial and viral infections – it’s important for private well owners to have their wells tested annually for nitrate, bacteria and arsenic.

For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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