Strontium Levels in Wisconsin Are Among the Highest in U.S. Drinking Water Supplies

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Vicky and Bud Harris of rural De Pere point out the filtration system they installed in their home that removes strontium and other contaminants from their drinking water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is studying whether to begin regulating strontium, which is found in some of the highest concentrations in the nation in drinking water in eastern Wisconsin. (Photo Credit: Kyle Bursaw/Press-Gazette Media)

Article courtesy of Jane Roberts | March 13, 2016 | | Shared as educational material

Strontium, a naturally occurring heavy metal, is found in the deep aquifer underlying most of eastern Wisconsin. Some areas of eastern Wisconsin test water and find strontium levels at 53 mg/L, more than twice the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s short term health advisory and well over the 4 mg/L lifetime health advisory. The agency has linked elevated levels of strontium to bone and teeth abnormalities when children are exposed and other health effects for certain populations. But in January the federal agency halted finalizing a preliminary rule in order to collect more data. Former water quality specialist and current eastern Wisconsin resident Vicky Harris explained spending thousands of dollars on installing a water softener, iron removal system, and reverse osmosis system in her home. She partially explained, “Water is health. Water is everything.” Read more here:

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