What's in your glass of water?
RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINANTS – WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT IT?
We all have heard about radiation and just the thought of it causes concerns. Below are some facts we need to know about this important subject.
RADIATION…HOW DOES IT MAKE CONTACT WITH US?
1. 85% of radiation comes from natural sources and the rest is from medical use;
2. 45% of our average cumulative dose of radiation comes from radon (a radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless) in the air, and approximately 11% comes from naturally occurring radioactive elements found in our drinking water.
WHERE IS THE HEALTH CONCERN?
So, just 11% in water may not sound like a big concern, but it is. Ionizing radiations (which are a form of radiation that can detach electrons from, or ionize, other atoms as they pass through matter) have been studied over the last 70 years. Cumulative doses of ionizing radiation, “well below” what is acutely dangerous, have significant adverse long term health effects leading to cancer and genetic mutations (which might not appear for several generations).
Most ionizing radiation is in the form of alpha or beta particles, which does not penetrate very far in the skin, etc. These are types of both particulate and electromagnetic radiation, alpha particles are nuclei of helium and will not penetrate the outer layer of our skin but is dangerous if inhaled or swallowed, whereas beta particles are electrons and are capable of penetrating much deeper into living matter.
The main concern with low concentrations of slightly radioactive contaminates is what happens if they get inside us (via drinking water). The problem is, once that ionizing radiation gets inside you and has nowhere to go, it can’t avoid doing damage.
ARE THESE CONTAMINATES FROM A NATURAL SOURCE?
Well, believe it or not, the ones that concern us every day are from a natural source. Uranium (a naturally occurring radioactive metal) and radium (formed when uranium decays in the environment) is all around us and we are exposed to it every day.
WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO HELP PROTECT US?
URANIUM: The use of anion resin has long been a method of removing uranium. The EPA limit for uranium is 30 parts per billion (ppb) and anion resin with strong salt brine regeneration is used to reduce or remove it. When you find this to be a problem, there are many parameters you need to consider such as PH, TDS, and Sulfate. Proper testing and application is very important.
RADIUM: The good news is that our Refineosoft water softener will do a good job in reducing or removing radium from water. Like any system, it must be properly maintained and regular regeneration and proper sizing is extremely important. It’s hard to believe that something so basic has properties to protect us.
RADON: One way to reduce radon is by using granular carbon. Carbon will absorb radon and hold it long enough for it to decay (after all, in 4 day old radon, life will be cut in half).
We would not propose to you that our Refineosoft is the answer to treat high levels of Radon or Radium, but it does have the ability to treat this problem by way of reduction. The softener resin is for Radium and the granular carbon is for Radon and both types of Medias are present in the Water Depot Refineosoft unit.
GREAT TO KNOW
It is good to know that when you invest in a Water Depot Refineosoft, you are taking a step to aesthetic rewards, reducing chemically charged soaps by 65% and acquire some protection from radioactive properties, all in one machine.
The Refineosoft is also capable of removing or reducing: Copper, Iron, Lead, Zinc, Nickel, Tin, and Cadmium.