RADIATION (Gross Alpha) IN YOUR WATER

What is Gross Alpha and how does it get into water? Gross Alpha is a measurement of combined alpha particle Radioactivity from Radium and Uranium. Naturally occurring radioactive substances are frequently found in ground water in New Jersey.

Radiation / Gross Alpha

Why is Gross Alpha a concern? Because there is no safe level of radiation, the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) for Gross Alpha is 0 pCi/L. For both public and private water supplies, the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) allowed in 15 pCi/L. If the water exceeds 15 pCi/L, it should be treated. Radioactivity can damage or kill cells. Exposure to Gross Alpha Radiation in drinking water and Radium can increase the risk of cancer. Exposure to high levels of Uranium can contribute to Kidney Disease. Uranium interferes with reabsorption of proteins and Uranium in the bloodstream can be deposited in a person’s bones, where it is likely to remain for several years. With continued ingestion of extremely high levels of radiation in water, individuals have experienced the debilitating Parkinson’s like effects of heavy metals poisoning.

Well water that contains elevated levels of radioactive minerals sometimes increases the level of radon in the air inside a home. Actions like taking showers, doing laundry or running a dishwasher can release the radon into the air inside your home. Breathing air with elevated levels of radon over a lifetime increases a person‘s risk of getting lung cancer.

If gross alpha activity is greater than 15 pCi/L, water treatment is recommended by the NJ DEP.

If gross alpha activity is greater than 5 pCi/L but less than 15 pCi/L, testing for Radium 226 and Radium 228 is advised. If the combined radium levels are above 5 picocuries per liter, water treatment is recommended by the NJDEP. Alternatively, a homeowner may evaluate the additional cost of radium testing and determine whether it is better simply to proceed to water treatment. If gross alpha activity is less than 5 pCi/L, no further action is required according to the NJDEP.

How does RAdata reduce Gross Alpha in water? Special water softeners can remove radiation from your well water. Depending on the contributing elements to the radiation in your water, you may need 1 or 2 water softeners specifically designed to selectively remove Radium and/or Uranium. You will also need to neutralize the water if your water needs both types of softeners. RAdata will design a system to fit your needs and your budget. We will monitor your system annually by testing for radiation in the water and scanning for gamma ray emission from your treatment tanks with a special instrument used to measure radiation. If you have existing treatment in your home, we can service and monitor your existing equipment even if we didn't install it!

GROSS ALPHA RADIATION LINKS: Homeowner's Guides to Radioactivity in Drinking Water, NJDEP: read more here..

Do I Have Radiation (Gross Alpha) in My Water?  If you suspect a problem and your drinking water comes from a private well, you should have the well tested.  If Radiation (Gross Alpha) or any other contaminant is found RAdata can install Water Treatment systems to treat any water problem.

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Radiation in your water: How to treat it and what you need to know.
The Good News: RAdata has the knowledge and experience to safely reduce radiation in your drinking water!

Our in house expert on radiation is a Radiation Safety Officer, past Conference Chair of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) Naturally Occurring Contaminants Conference: Arsenic, Radium, Radon, and Uranium, (2005,2006,2007), contributing author: "Multiple-Contaminant Private Well Water Treatment – Arsenic, Radionuclides, and More", and an active participant in ongoing State research on measuring and treating radiation in groundwater.

If you need to remove Radiation from water for your family's drinking water or for the sale of a home, RAdata can help! Call 800-447-2366 today to set up the installation of the guaranteed fix for Radiation in Well Water.  You can also use this Free Estimate form to have RAdata create a free, no obligation estimate for Water Treatment Services.

How we treat radiation (Gross Alpha: Radium & Uranium) in your well water:

UV Bacteria

Special water softeners can remove radiation from your well water. Depending on the contributing elements to the radiation in your water, you may need 1 or 2 water softeners specifically designed to selectively remove Radium and/or Uranium. You will also need to neutralize the water if your water needs both types of softeners. RAdata can design a system to fit your needs and your budget.

UV Bacteria

We will monitor your system annually by testing for radiation in the water and scanning for gamma ray emission from your treatment tanks with a special instrument used to measure radiation. If you have existing treatment in your home, we can service and monitor your existing equipment, even if we didn't install it!

If you have questions on how to treat Radiation (Gross Alpha)
in your well water,
call us today 800-447-2366 and ask to speak to a specialist.