Radon In Water
Recently I have seen a multitude of blog posts and articles about Radon. Being a water specialists I would like to set some things straight. First off Radon IS DANGEROUS . Radon is a carcinogen in the air and water, and falls second to cigarettes. And yes, radon can get into water (that being said 10,000 pcl in water is equivalent to 1 pcl in the air!).
Testing is not costly (usually $40-50) for just radon. If your looking to test for a lot more than it usually runs about $200-400. The benefits of testing are immense. You may discover you have small traces of many bacteria you had no idea you were ingesting!
Treatment is not as expensive as many people or contractors claim. Be wary of the contractors that immediately try to make you pay for a GAC treatment. GAC treatment should really only be used in severe cases of radon, as it is the most expensive option. The best way to treat a well with radon is through aeration. Aeration has 4 options with the best being the diffused bubble. This does not create the dangerous chemical or radioactive build up that GAC does.
Diffused Bubble: uses a aeration that hold the contaminated water, maximizing air to water contact. High pressure filtered air is sent through special anti-fouling diffusers that equally distribute air in the treatment chambers. This process separates the radon from the water, and sends out clean water.
48 States have radon level specifications. If your water is over these specifications than you must get treatment. If your state does not have a specification the EPA suggests using 2000. This level is not enforced, but is recommended when testing for radon.
Hopefully this article has given you some food for thought when it comes to radon. You can easily look up your state regulations on their DES webiste.
Written by: Sarah Thibaudeau. Assitant to Operations Manager