Uranium well water testing in Connecticut
A recent U.S. Geological Survey revealed that almost 4% of private wells in the state have elevated levels of arsenic and 4.7% have higher concentrations of uranium than the acceptable levels. This triggered an alarm as almost 23% of the state's population use water from the 3,22,600 private wells in Connecticut. DPH added that getting checked for the potability of water is entirely the responsibility of the homeowners and it is critical to take corrective measures irrespective of whether they are new owners or they have been residing for long.
How does Arsenic and Uranium get into the water wells?
Arsenic can enter the water supply either from natural deposits in the Earth, or by the dumped industrial outlets. In private water wells, it may come from previous fertilizer use or industrial waste. Uranium occurs naturally in bedrock groundwater, and it isn’t a hazard if it is within the safe levels. But a higher concentration of Uranium in the deep bedrocks contaminates wells that are deeper. The Shallow wells, however, that do not reach the bedrock aren't very susceptible to uranium contamination. There are varying levels of Uranium in bedrock in different places and it isn't possible to anticipate the level of contamination without testing it out.
When should you test for the presence of Uranium or Arsenic in your water wells?
You can test your well water for the presence of Uranium and Arsenic while taking a home with a well or at the time when a new well is drilled. It is possible that the Uranium levels in water vary and so it’s highly recommended to get your water checked every 5 years. If you have a Uranium water treatment system at Home, it’s recommended that you get it checked every 5 years if it is working fine.
Harmful effects of exposure of Arsenic and Uranium
Exposure of Arsenic and Uranium over a period of time has been linked to several health issues like risk of cancer, low birth weight, decreased child intellectual development, immune system suppression etc. Evidence says that Ingestion of uranium has also been associated with kidney disease.
How to test if my well water is safe for Drinking?
To test if your well water is safe for drinking, a Uranium test is highly recommended. The test reveals the amount of Uranium concentration in water. If the level of Uranium is higher than the EPA standard of 30 micrograms per liter (ug/l)m, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends you to treat your well water to remove Uranium or choose an alternate source of drinking water. DPH further added that drinking or bathing in water in levels exceeding 900 ug/l is strictly prohibited.
There are different types of water treatment systems and technologies used to remove Uranium and traces of other harmful chemicals in water. But the decision about the right treatment systems depend on several factors like water usage, installation costs, presence of other elements, and the maintenance costs. Considering the fact that Uranium only gets into your body through ingestion and not through drinking water adds to the necessity to evaluate the point-of-entry of Uranium to know the exact source of Uranium and where it should be treated. These issues could be navigated well only with the help of experts who know where to look, how to look and what to do.
Our team at Magnified Home inspectors test your well water for the presence of Uranium with a series of comprehensive high-technology tests. We provide you with a best and complete solution for all your well water problems with a system that eliminates all the contaminants involved.
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