2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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Analysis of the Level of Arsenic in Zuni, New Mexico, Waters: Impact and Solution

Saturday, October 28 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


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Mankind will not survive without water. It has been a quest for centuries to find clean and safe water to drink. The team gathered samples of water from nine (9) sources. Using the HACH Arsenic Test procedures, results show that all of the waters sources have an arsenic level of 30 parts per billion (ppb) which means that IF LEFT UNTREATED, water will NOT be SAFE for drinking, mixing into beverages, cooking, washing fruits and vegetables, or for animals to drink; but SAFE for all other domestic uses, including bathing, washing dishes, doing laundry or irrigating gardens. This has a negative impact on human health, the environment, and to the economy. It is recommended that the Zuni community should have a water treatment plant that will support reverse osmosis technology, and an iron oxide filter system, or they should switch drinking water sources.

The audience will learn the importance of knowing the level of arsenic in water, and how this condition impacts the community and the whole ecosystem. The audience will also learn about technologies that can help get rid of/minimize arsenic contamination in water.

Roy Basa (Zuni Public School District: Zuni, NM)

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