More than 170 million people are exposed to Radium in Tap Water in 50 States
Recently the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reported that more than 170 million people are exposed to the cancer-causing element, RADIUM. This new report expresses that many Americans are at risk of this exposure by drinking tap water that could contain this radioactive element from the 2010 to 2015 test results of public water systems nationwide.
Tap water containing radiation is serious threat to your health. This really sheds light on the poorly updated system controlled by the EPA – Environmental Protection Agency.
EWG collected data from public water systems around the country and analyzed five years of tests from 2010 to 2015. Radium was found in all 50 states – and the group found 158 public water systems in 27 states "reported radium in amounts that exceeded the federal legal limit."
The state with the most widespread contamination, according to EWG, is Texas, where "more than 3,500 utilities serving more than 22 million people – about 80 percent of the state's population" reported finding radium.
Radium is a highly radioactive element and can be extremely dangerous. However, it was once used in many everyday products, including wristwatches and toothpaste, and thought to have curative properties until its intense radioactivity was found to cause adverse health effects.
Radium has an abundance of about 1 part per trillion in the Earth's crust, according to Chemicool. Trace amounts of radium are found in uranium ore, because radium is created from the decay of the uranium atom, which then into several other unstable elements before finally ending in the element lead. There are several known isotopes of radium, but due to the rapid decay rates of many of the isotopes, it is uncertain about the natural abundances of the radium isotopes.
5 Radium Facts You May Have Never Known
1. Radium is the heaviest alkaline earth metal, according to Encyclopedia. The other alkali earth metals include beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium and barium.
2. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, radium typically enters the body when it is breathed in or swallowed. Health effects from radium exposure include cancer, anemia, cataracts, and death.
3. According to Periodic Table, radium was used in clocks to paint the numbers and the hands so that they were visible in the dark. This practiced ceased after too many factory workers died from exposure.
4. According to Periodic Table, radium was used in clocks to paint the numbers and the hands so that they were visible in the dark. This practiced ceased after too many factory workers died from exposure.
5. According to Periodic Table, radium was used in clocks to paint the numbers and the hands so that they were visible in the dark. This practiced ceased after too many factory workers died from exposure.
The EWG Tap Water Database is an extensive compilation of water quality test done nationwide for nearly 50,ooo utilities. Within their map its documented the nationwide occurrence of radium, the most common radioactive element found in tap water. More than 20,000 utilities serving over 170 Million people in 50 states reported radium in their tap water from 2010 to 2015.
The EPA has classified all ionizing radiation as “known to cause cancer in humans,” and has set a health guideline of zero for all radioactive elements in drinking water. But federal legal limits for radiation and radioactive contaminants are based on the cost and feasibility of removing the contaminants. They don’t always reflect the amount of exposure that the EPA or other public health agencies consider to be safe for human health.
Visit EWG Tap Water Database to See What Contaminates are in Your Water
Radioactive elements most commonly detected in drinking water
· Radium – 226 Bone Cancer
· Radium – 228 Bone Cancer
· Radon Lung Cancer via Inhalation
· Uranium Kidney Damage/ Cancer
· Tritium Cancer
· Strontium – 90 Bone Cancer/ Leukemia
Federal law requires water companies to monitor radioactivity levels in drinking water systems that serve more than 25 customers. EWG’s Tap Water Database reports that more than a dozen different radioactive elements are detected in American tap water. The most common are beryllium, radon, radium, strontium, tritium and uranium. Water systems sometimes screen for groups of radiation-emitting substances, and report total alpha or beta particle activity instead of reporting individual substances.