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Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:33 pm, Mon Sep 16, 2013.

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ARROYO HONDO, TAOS COUNTY — Pam Harris knew something was up a couple of years ago, when she started feeling a painful pressure in her belly after eating. The Arroyo Hondo resident insisted on undergoing several tests, and in June 2011, doctors eventually found a tumor in her stomach.

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  • Khal Spencer posted at 12:56 pm on Mon, Sep 16, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 304

    The moral to this story is that before one changes water sources, one has to understand the chemistry of the source of one's water and monitor the water if there are underlying issues to the aquifer.

    A few years back the story broke of mass poisoning in Bangladesh when communities were convinced by well-meaning health organizations to replace their pathogen-contaminated surface water sources with well water. Unfortunately, the well water had high concentrations of naturally occurring and soluble arsenic in it dissolving out of arsenic-rich rock.

    National Geographic story here.

    http://tinyurl.com/e80f

     
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