More than half of Americans could be drinking tap water tainted with a radioactive element. A new report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) finds more than 170 million people are exposed to radium in their drinking water.
That could increase the risk of cancer.
When Dennis Taylor moved with his wife and two kids back to her hometown of Brady, Texas, he quickly found out many there don’t drink the city water, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.
“I think I tried to drink out of the tap water and it was like, woah woah woah, no we don’t drink out of the tap water,” Taylor said.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) have found that a good portion of the drinking water in all 50 states contains radioactive elements that may increase one’s risk of cancer.
The EWG analyzed almost 50,000 public water systems and discovered that the water supply consumed by 170 million Americans contains radioactive elements. In 27 states, water supplies were found to exceed the EPA’s legal limits.
The most common radioactive element the EWG found was radium. Radium enters groundwater naturally though deposits in the Earth’s crust. Levels are higher when activities such as oil gas drilling disturbs the deposits from the rock and the soil.
When this occurs, it releases ions and is known as “ionizing”. The EPA categorizes all ionized radiation as carcinogenic and sets safe levels, which are then enforced.
Of the considerable number of states, Texas was where radium was found in the most water supplies. Around 80 percent of inhabitants in the Lone Star state have radium in their water.
The EWG set up together this intuitive guide with the information, so you can scan for the radium levels in your postal division.
Check whether your water supply contains radium using this interactive map from the EWG.
So tell us are you drinking radioactive water?
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