What is Uranium?
Uranium is a naturally occurring element that is found in rocks. Not all rocks contain Uranium, however, there are some places in Maine that are exposed to Uranium. Uranium breaks down very slowly into other elements including radium and radon gas.
The dangers of drinking water high in uranium can harm your kidneys. Kidneys filter your blood and make urine. Uranium can also cause liver damage and cancer and its chance of happening, depends on:
- Levels of Uranuim found in your water
- The amount of tap water you consume
- The length of time you have been consuming the water
Bathing and showering is not a health concern as Uranium is not absorbed through the skin. If you suspect that Uranium may be in your water supply, we recommend getting your water tested.
How Uranium is corrected:
Correction treatment systems can vary between Reverse Osmosis or Mixed Bed Softener. We prefer to use the Mixed Bed Softener for whole house systems. The Mixed Bed Softener costs 75% less than a Reverse Osmosis and requires less maintenance with the same results.
Quick Short-term Solution: Drink bottled water if your test results are high. If you often cook foods that soak up or use water like noodles, rice, and soup, use bottled water. You can either keep using bottled water, or choose a treatment system to remove the uranium.
Some common solutions include: Reverse Osmosis or Ion Exchange water treatment systems.
For more information about Uranium, click to read or download the Maine DHHS pamphlet on Uraniumin Drinking Water (98kb PDF).