Radium Fact Sheet

Radium Fact Sheet

Publication Year:
2013
Authors:
Water Quality Association (WQA)
Language:
English
Affiliated Orgs.:
Water Quality Association (WQA)
Resource Type:
Factsheet
Summary:
Radium, a radioactive element, can contaminate drinking water and pose cancer risks. The permissible limit for Radium in drinking water is 5 pCi/L. If exceeded, treatments like ion exchange, reverse osmosis, or lime softening can help, but consulting a water professional is essential for choosing the best method.
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Resource Information

Resource Type

Factsheet

Publication Year

2013

Author

Water Quality Association (WQA)

Language

English

Organizational Affiliation

Water Quality Association (WQA)

Relevant Country

United States

Specific Contaminants

Other Chemicals, Radium

Business Connect Takeaways

Radium is a naturally occurring radioactive element that can contaminate drinking water sources. Exposure to Radium can increase the risk of cancer and other health effects.
The maximum contaminant level (MCL) for Radium in drinking water is 5 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). If your water source exceeds this level, you may need to install a treatment system to remove Radium.
There are several treatment methods available for removing Radium from drinking water, including ion exchange, reverse osmosis, and lime softening. The most effective treatment method will depend on the specific characteristics of your water source. It is important to consult with a water treatment professional to determine the best treatment option for your needs.

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