Published: September 8, 2017

    Do Californians Have Radioactive Water?

    If you live in California you probably won’t see glowing fluorescent water emitting from your tap. But just because your home’s drinking water isn’t glowing green doesn’t mean it’s safe to drink.

    California’s water woes over the last decade have been also as prominent as those in Flint, Michigan. With a brutal drought spanning years and poor management of resources the water supply in California fell into serious jeopardy, and depending on where you live in the state you may be paying the price.

    California’s Water Resources Control Board released data showing that 700,000 Californians are regularly exposed to harmful contaminants like uranium at home or at school. Areas that were particularly vulnerable are those in the Central Valley. Citizens in Stanislaus County, Tulare County, and Madera County were hit the hardest by the drought, leaving their water supply’s quality in perilous uncertainty.

    This list of contaminated water systems shows that combined uranium, arsenic, and nitrates are the most common contaminants, but when one factors in private wells susceptible to Chromium-6 contamination that chemical must also be considered.

    Many homes in the San Diego area were found to have uranium in concentrations five times the federal limit that is deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency. While bathing in water with uranium is not necessarily a health concern, consuming water with radioactive materials can cause vomiting, nausea, kidney damage, and even cancer if you are exposed to uranium over an extended period of time.

    The water quality data in San Diego reveals not only high levels of uranium. Dangerous amounts of nitrates, fluoride, and arsenic were also recorded.

    Laurel Firestone, the Executive Director of the Community Water Center, is frustrated with how the crisis is being handled across the state. “I think one of the most frustrating things is if this isn’t an emergency, then I don’t know what is,” she noted. “Having toxic water coming out of your tap, not being able to access water in schools, this is really basic.”

    The drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley is part of one of the most contaminated water systems in the nation, according to News Deeply. Poorer rural communities are the most at risk for consuming natural toxins like uranium and arsenic in their drinking water. The State Water Resources Control Board argues that these communities simply can’t afford the substantial cost of properly treating water that comes from contaminated aquifers.

    The 5 million acres of farmland in the state are the primary source for contaminants like nitrates. Nitrates are human-generated contaminants found in agriculture that make their way into the groundwater through improper runoff.

    Uranium, on the other hand, is found naturally in the soil. Madera County, for example, has the highest levels of uranium in the state, clocking in at three times the national limit.

    If you have a private well at home and live near farmland we strongly recommend installing a Pelican Water nitrate reduction filter in your home to target this specific man-made contaminant. If you live in an area known for uranium-heavy water go with a trusted 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis filter, which reduces the uranium in your water along with many other harmful toxins. Of course, to make a more informed decision test your water to determine the contaminants you should be treating in your California home.

    Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.