More than 200 chemical contaminants have been identified in ground water. Ground water contamination usually arises when individuals have wells. In those circumstances, the ground aquifer is contaminated with the specific chemical or chemicals released by the responsible party. This material then develops into a plume and infiltrates the various well water sources. Individuals who own the wells are then exposed to the chemicals by ingestion (drinking the water), skin contact (bathing with the water) and inhalation (breathing steam from the water).
Being exposed to ground water contamination through direct contact with well water, people in areas with a high water table can be exposed to ground water contamination from the air in their home. If the chemicals are volatile, such as gasoline or other materials, they may escape into a person’s basement and may be trapped, thereby exposing the home-owner who may inhale the fumes.
There are a number of naturally-occurring contaminants in groundwater such as; arsenic, radon, bacteria, parasites, viruses, iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide, sulfate, chloride, barium, lead, zinc, copper, radium, uranium, and fluoride.
Some of these (radium, radon, bacteria, parasites, viruses, arsenic, uranium, and lead) pose a health risk if present a high levels. This list is not an all inclusive listing of possible contaminants.
State health officials have also identified a number of human-made contaminants that are showing up in the ground water supplies. They are: nitrate nitrogen, atrazine, arsenic, benzene, toluene, alachlor, Trichloroethylene (TCE), bacteria, parasites and viruses, and chloroform All of these compounds are a health concern when present in concentrations above established health advisory levels
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If you or someone you know has suffered serious side effects or a fatal injury that you believe may be related to exposure to environmental hazards, you may be eligible to file a claim.