Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas. Radon is the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in the ground. Radon in water is found in nearly all sources of surface water and groundwater. It is created by the radioactive decay of radium, a naturally occurring radioactive element found in underground rock formations, particularly granite and quartz. Water that flows through or over radium rich rock formations accumulate radium and thus radon from the decay process. Typically, groundwater has much higher levels of radon than surface water. This is because radon in groundwater is “trapped” by being submerged underground and cannot easily escape. Because of this fact, water supplies from underground wells have a much higher probability of having significant levels of radon. If you get your drinking water from a surface water source, radon is probably is not a significant health hazard. Large, pretreated municipal water supplies typically have negligible levels of radon in water because usually this type of water supply is drawn from surface water sources, and because water treatment tends to reduce radon levels even further.
Radon exposed in water or air can lead to risks of developing organ & lung Cancer. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon in drinking water is a significant health hazard, though a lesser hazard than radon air. However, we can fix both. If you suspect there may be Radon in your water supply, we recommend getting your water tested.
Radon aeration systems are typically used to remove gases from water. The most common gases are radon, hydrogen sulfide (Rotten egg odor in water) and carbon dioxide (a Bubble-Up® Radon System from R.E. Prescott Co.cid water). Aeration can be accomplished via air pumps, well line venturi-mirconizer, or bubbling the water in an atmospheric chamber. We offer all of the methods, but for the best results the diffused bubble aeration process is the most effective. Aeration is a process in which air and water are brought into intimate contact. Turbulence increases the aeration and the water flow is usually directed counter current to atmospheric or forced-draft air flow. The contact time and the ratio of air to water must be sufficient for effective removal of the unwanted gas.
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