Uranium in drinking water can happen anywhere. Unfortunately, it is a naturally-occurring element in the groundwater of some areas in our country but there is still limited information about where and why uranium is found in our groundwater. Uranium gets into drinking water when groundwater dissolves minerals that contain uranium. When you don’t have a water filter or drinking water system installed to help protect your tap water, it can cause fear and panic. As one small town in California learned, uranium is nothing to mess with when it comes to consuming it. At least, that’s what they think it means…
Uranium is meant for nuclear fuel for power plants and atom bombs, however is increasingly being found in drinking water systems in major farming regions of the U.S. West — a natural though unexpected byproduct of irrigation, drought, and the over-pumping of natural underground water reserves. Naturally occurring uranium has very low levels of radioactivity, but for most people, any level is too much. However, the chemical properties of uranium in drinking water are of greater concern than its radioactivity. Most ingested uranium is eliminated from the body. However, a small amount is absorbed and carried through the bloodstream. According to experts, studies show that drinking water with elevated levels of uranium can affect the kidneys over time and cause cancer too. Bathing and showering with water that contains uranium is not a health concern, thankfully.
In a trailer park found in California’s San Joaquin Valley, uranium in drinking water is now a major concern. There’s a danger in their drinking water and though many of the families in this trailer park speak only Spanish, English signs have been posted warning them of the dangers of drinking their water since it has – you guessed it – traces of uranium. Without any other explanation, one man interprets the threat as “you can drink the water — but if you drink the water over a period of time, you can get cancer.” This working-class family has no choice but keep drinking and cooking with the tainted tap water. They live with the danger of their drinking water every day. With a drinking water system, you don’t have to.
If you get your tap water from a well, you’re responsible for testing for uranium. For public tap water, it is monitored but residents are still encouraged to prepare for the “what-ifs.” One of the best options is reverse osmosis, which works by forcing water filtering through a membrane that prevents the uranium from passing through. Our home water treatment systems can effectively remove uranium from drinking water. They will give you the peace of mind you cannot get living with contaminated water or threats of drinking water contamination. It’s more widespread than we once thought. Nearly two million people in California’s Central Valley and the U.S. Midwest live within a half-mile of groundwater containing uranium over the health limits, University of Nebraska researchers said in a study in September. To read more from the article discussed above, click here http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fear-at-the-tap-uranium-contaminates-water-in-the-west/ar-AAg9oJJ?ocid=wispr.