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Arsenic Found in Cornish Water Supplies

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3:34pm 2nd November 2011

Potentially dangerous levels of arsenic are found in the water of some Cornish homes.

Out of almost 260 on private supplies in the east, 16 tested too high.

Environmental health experts at the council are urging families not to panic.

Spokesman Graham Martin:

"It's not a case of having a knee jerk reaction. These standards of arsenic that we're talking about are not something that's going to cause illness today tomorrow or next year even. It's more a problem over a prolonged period of time"

The Health Protection Agency's checking the effects. Rep Dr Jill Meara tells Pirate FM:

"Arsenic is known to be a potential cause of cancer, particularly young skin and bladder cancer. But, we're really not sure whether it would actually happen to people who are drinking arsenic in water supplies at the level we've found in  Cornwall"


The Health Protection Agency is still only half way through the survey of supplies.

It says because of the geology of Cornwall and its mining history there could be other homes on private supplies with the same problem.

Bosses will decide whether to conduct more tests once its sampling research is complete.

Homeowners with elevated levels of lead and arsenic are being urged to consider:

* Having another sample taken in case the first produced a freak result.

* Replacing the plumbing.

* Installing treatment.

* Using an alternative water supply.



3:34pm 2nd November 2011

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