Radium Becomes a New Water Problem for Iowans

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Article Courtesy of Michael Schultz | April 12th, 2016 | The Gazette | Published as Educational Material

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Iowans are beginning to question what else is in their water. Their questioning has led to an unfortunate discovery: radium. Although it has a low concentration in drinking water, chemical amounts can be concentrated in well-water under certain conditions. Not only is there a chance of contact, but studies have linked an increased cancer risk to those who that drink water with radium above the maximum containment levels set by the EPA. As a result, funds are being put into researching and investigating private wells around the state. Read more about Iowa here.

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