Arsenic remains a risk in Vale water

Vale's drinking water still shows more arsenic then allowed under Federal standards but the city is already working on a plan to revamp its water system in an effort to reduce the mineral. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon).

VALE – Something’s amiss at the Vale airport, the site of the city’s new water treatment facility.

Standing just west of the airstrip, roughly 250 feet away, an unassuming blue metal building offers relief from the furnace-like conditions outdoors. Inside, workers wearing hard hats toil away like a colony of ants.

They have an important mission: Save Vale’s arsenic-tainted water supply.

Water sample data dating back to 2013 show that the city’s wells have a long history of water problems, with arsenic levels considered unsafe by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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