The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants Americans to recognize the potential health risks of drought conditions that concentrate contaminants in drinking water. The amounts of arsenic and other heavy metals become more concentrated during drought conditions. Consumers count on public utilities to filter contaminants, but private wells only have guidelines to follow and are not regulated by the EPA.
Recently, the EPA is recommending a reduction in arsenic levels in drinking water that are associated with health risks, making awareness of these levels very important for consumers.
(Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)