Radium In Your Tap Water?
Radioactive tap water: it sounds like something that could give a regular person superpowers, right? In fact, harmful levels of radiation are found in the tap water of MILLIONS of Americans — and the contamination isn’t creating superheroes.
Radium appears in tap water in two isotopes radium 226 and radium 228. Industrial processes like uranium mining, coal burning and natural gas extraction can increase the levels found in your tap water. The radium absorbed by your body produces radiation causing bone cancer, tumors, leukemia, skin and blood damage.
To learn more about radium in tap water, and to see what’s in your drinking water, check out EWG’s Tap Water Database, at www.ewg.org/tapwater.