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Cerro Gordo County to test water wells for arsenic

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Cerro Gordo County will begin testing private water wells for arsenic.

The county received a $433,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test 50 private wells twice a year for three years and taking samples from 30 new wells.

The Globe Gazette reports that county health officials will send letters to private well owners in February asking for their participation.

The EPA maximum concentration of arsenic for public water supplies is 10 parts per billion. Sophia Walsh, the project's coordinator, says most wells in the county are below that level.

Arsenic is odorless and tasteless and enters water supplies naturally or through farming and industrial practices. Long-term exposure of higher levels can lead to digestive problems, numbness in the hands and feet, partial paralysis and blindness. It also has been linked to various cancers.

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