23 Apr Preventing Radionuclide Contamination in Your Castleford, Idaho Water Supply
When treating water in your Castleford, Idaho home, there are many different types of contaminants that could cause a problem. Testing for all of these contaminants is an important step toward ensuring your water is clean and healthy for drinking and other household uses.
Of the different types of contaminants that can affect the water in your Castleford home, radionuclides are in a category all of their own. There are several different types of radioactive nuclides that you may have to treat in your water. Here is a look at a few of the most common.
Some radioactive minerals may emit a form of radiation known as alpha radiation. Research has shown that some people who drink water containing alpha emitters at levels that are beyond the EPA’s standard over a period of time may have an increased risk of cancer.
Combined Radium 226/228
While small amounts of radium in water are acceptable, drinking water containing an excessive amount of radium 226 or 228 over a long period of time can increase the risk of cancer.
Photon / Beta Emitters
Some radioactive minerals emit forms of radiation known as beta radiation and photons. Just as with alpha emitters, consumption of beta emitters and photo emitters can increase the risk of cancer when consumed over a long period of time.
The dangers of breathing radon gas are greater than those associated with drinking water containing the gas. While breathing radon can cause lung cancer, drinking water with radon increases the risk of developing cancer. Radon gas can get into the water supply as it dissolves and accumulates in underground water sources or in the air inside of your home.
To address these radionuclides and other water contaminants, contact Pump Service Idaho today. We will be happy to help you meet all of the water needs of your Castleford home.