Uranium as a Water Contaminant
Uranium is a naturally occurring radioactive contaminant found in groundwater and surface water sources. Uranium is believed to cause bone cancer and other cancers and may be toxic to kidneys at higher dose. USEPA is required by 1996 amendments to the SDWA (Safe Drinking Water Act) to regulate uranium in drinking water. The regulation for radionuclides was revised on December 7, 2000, to include an MCL for a uranium to 0.030 mg/L (30 ppb). Uranium isotopes breaks down slowly into daughter products, radium and radon gas.
The concentration of uranium in drinking water depends on several factors. These includes the contact between uranium rocks and water, presence of carbon dioxide and oxygen and pH value. The use of uranium contaminated water could expose an individual to uranium by dermal contact or indigestion.
Maximum Contaminant Level
EPA established MCL to 30 ppb
Public Health Concerns
Uranium is considered carcinogenic and an environmental pollutant.
WETS employs Ion exchange, reverse osmosis, activated alumina adsorption, and coagulation/filtration for treating uranium. A detailed pilot study will determine the best treatment solutions. Our solutions are unique for each plant as we don’t offer an off-the-shelf product.