Language Translation
  Close Menu

Arsenic in Water

Arsenic is more common in well waters than in public water supplies. Arsenic is a naturally occurring metal found in the ground throughout Indiana. Arsenic may also come from agricultural, mining, and industrial practices. Non-cancer effects of arsenic can include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and numbness in hands and feet. Arsenic can cause skin damage or problems with circulatory systems. Arsenic is a regulated parameter for the Safe Drinking Water Act. The EPA Maximum Contaminant Level for Arsenic is 0.010 mg/L or 10 parts per billion.

  • Local Health Departments, IDEM, other state agencies
  • Public Water Utilities for Compliance

$25 per sample plus shipping for Public Water Utilities
No Charge for Investigations by Local Health Departments, IDEM or other state agencies and institutions

Questions: Contact Quincy Bell, or 317-921-5559

125 mL plastic bottle. Compliance or enforcement samples must be collected in 1-liter bottles.
Contact laboratory for sampling containers.

  1. Flush the sample tap for five (5) minutes prior to collecting a sample.
  2. Reduce the flow of water and fill the sample container to the shoulder of the bottle.
  3. Replace and tighten the cap and make sure it is not leaking.

Public Water Utilities should order kits:
Access Indiana: Home

Mail or return to:
IDOH Laboratory
Suite B
550 W 16th St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Refrigeration is not required. Sample must be received within 14 days of sampling.

The report will be emailed within 21 business days after receiving the sample. Results for Public Water Utilities will be reported to IDEM electronically.