The Fontus Guide to Radon & Uranium in Maine’s Well Water
So, how does Radon & Uranium get into Maine’s Well Water? Uranium is a naturally occurring element found in rocks. Not all rocks contain Uranium. However, Maine has a literal foundation of bedrock; it is common to see Uranium in the Northeast. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry points out that “Some of the most beautiful scenery in Maine is where the rugged bedrock is exposed to view – along the “rock-bound” coast at Portland Head Light or Pemaquid, or on bare mountain tops such as Mount Katahdin, Cadillac Mountain, the Camden Hills, or Mount Kineo. In fact, the general distribution and shape of Maine’s mountainous and lowland terrains are controlled by the way different kinds of bedrock have been eroded differently through geologic time.” Uranium breaks down very slowly into other elements, including radium and radon gas.
What is radon?
We can’t talk about radon until we talk about Uranium. Uranium is a metal that can be found worldwide; it makes up about 2 to 4 parts per million of most rocks. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, uranium is 40 times more plentiful than silver. It’s also radioactive.
When Uranium breaks down, it produces radon, a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and radioactive gas that can cause cancer. It occurs in soil and rock and can also dissolve into water. Therefore, areas with granite, granitic sand, and gravel formations tend to have high radon levels in groundwater. If you live in such an area, that water can easily get into your well.
Radon in water can increase the chances of you or your family members developing cancer. The Maine Bureau of Health recommends that radon in drinking water be no more than 4,000 pCi/L. Studies have shown that nearly one in five Maine wells have radon concentrations this high or higher.
The bottom line is that if your water comes from a private well, you should test the water for radon and uranium.
Can radon and uranium in water be treated? –How Fontus Can Help
The good news is that if you have radon or Uranium in your water, there are several options you can choose from to remove it. Give Fontus a call; we’ll be right out to provide a free immediate-response water test.
What is a free immediate-response water test?
The Fontus experts will provide a free immediate-response water test onsite. In addition, we will also correctly collect the state-certified approved samples needed for an arsenic test for you. Then we send them to a state-certified Maine Lab for a TSFHA water test. The TSFHA Water Test will test for Coliform Bacteria & E. coli (pos/neg), Nitrate, Nitrite, Fluoride, Chloride, Hardness, Copper, Iron, pH, Manganese, Color, Turbidity, Sodium, Uranium, Lead, Arsenic, and Magnesium in your water. This test will be an additional charge determined by the lab and paid to the lab.
Taking control of your water supply is easy. Schedule your free immediate-response water test today. Call (207) 856-0066 or email [email protected] to speak with the water treatment specialists at Fontus Water Treatment.
You Can Trust Fontus Water Treatment To Stay by Your Side
At Fontus, we’re passionate about water purity. We pride ourselves on being reliable, hassle-free, and always available. As the environment and your water change, we’re here to help evaluate your water. Through testing, installation, and maintenance, you can trust Fontus to ensure clean, pure water for your home or office.
The Fontus Triple Test Promise
We want all our customers to feel 100% satisfied with our systems, so we’ve created the Fontus Triple Test Promise.
We’ll test your home or business water supply for aesthetic issues, including hardness, iron, pH, etc. using an immediate-response test and make sure you understand all findings.
If needed, we’ll also send a water sample to the Maine State Certified Laboratory to confirm any findings and test for bacteria, viruses, and hazardous chemicals.
After your new system is in place, we’ll test your water supply again to make sure your problem is solved. It’s our way of helping you feel confident that your drinking water is safe and clean.