For the past several years, uranium has been a growing concern for residents with well water. The state of Connecticut has been pressuring residents to test their water for uranium, most of the time, depending on the city, they will test it for free. Some of the information I will be presenting in this post comes from the CT DPH website and from my own experiences, which are my own opinions, I know sometimes people don’t agree with my opinion, but that’s okay.
The quality of your private well water is controlled and maintained by you and you alone. There is no state mandate, saying you need to test your water regularly. My goal, as a well water professional, is to make sure people know this and make sure they know the steps towards testing and mitigating.
So, what is uranium? Heavy metal, not the music, but an actual heavy metal. With no taste or odor associated with it. It is 100% natural for uranium to be present in bedrock beneath the earths soil layers. This is where the uranium gets into your well water. Slowly ground water washes over the bedrock, collecting the uranium metal. Eventually the water enters your well water reservoir, where it waits for you to use your
sink and suck it up to your house. Depending on where you live in Connecticut, would depend on what type of bedrock is under your house. Some bedrock contains more uranium than others, if you are above bedrock associated with high levels of uranium, you are at a greater risk of having high levels of uranium in your well water.
Some health concerns with uranium. Uranium is more concerning chemically than radioactively. Once uranium is in your blood stream, it can affect your kidneys, after some time. If levels are extremely high, showering with uranium can be concerning.
The fact is, the only way for you to know if you have high levels of uranium in your well water, is to test for it. There are many testing facilities in Connecticut, certified to test for uranium. You can call them or a well water company to get more information on pricing and testing. In my opinion, you should test your well water for uranium every 3 years, levels can fluctuate, one test might be fine, when a newer test, may be bad. Here is some information from the DPHs Website for testing your private well.
If your levels are concerning to you, the next step would be to mitigate. TWO options for treatment, are for point of use and point of entry. Point of use is for one sink; this will remove the uranium from the water. In my opinion, if you choose to use point of use, remember, you are eliminating all other nutrients in the water too, which is not good for you. With Reverse Osmosis, it does not pick and choose the contaminants, so it removes all the good and all the bad, when you remove the good nutrients, the body will end up working harder, which could be UNHEALTHY. When you choose to do point of entry to remove uranium, you are removing the uranium (with anion softening) but keeping a lot of the good nutrients. The downside of point of entry, is that it can be more expensive than point of use.
The main thing to do is TEST. Once you get your test results, you can either be relieved you don’t have any uranium, or you will have to start figuring out your best options for mitigation. As always, you can call us if you have any questions about getting a test done. For more information, please visit our page for uranium mitigation.
Til’ next time, wishing you WELL.
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