What are Beta Particle and Photon Emitters?
Beta particle and photon emitters are non-naturally occurring radioactive contaminants with adverse health effects. These human-made instruments used in research or manufacturing facilities causes various health issues in humans. Prolonged exposure to radionuclides emitted may lead to an increased risk of acquiring cancer.
What are the Health Risks Associated with Beta Particle and Photon Emitters in Drinking Water?
Aside from cancer risks, beta particle and photon emitters in drinking water may cause damages to the kidneys, bone growth problems, severe growth retardation, liver diseases, tooth breakage, tissue, and bone necrosis (death), anemia, cataracts, immunological suppression, and respiratory problems.
How Do You Remove Beta Particle and Photon Emitters in Drinking Water?
Water treatment depends on the physical and chemical characteristics of radioactive contaminants in the water supply. Therefore, it’s crucial to understand the characteristics of the contaminants present in your drinking water. Reverse Osmosis (RO), distillation, and an Ion Exchange-mixed bed are three of the effective water treatment methods to remove these radioactive contaminants. An RO system can reduce the levels of beta and photon emitter activities in the drinking water at a highly effective rate. As contaminated water passes through the resin in an ion exchange system, it exchanges with the charged particle in the resin. In the distillation process, the radioactive contaminants stay on the container as the water evaporates after the heating process.
What is the Regulated Standard for Beta Particle and Photon Emitters in Drinking Water?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the MCL or maximum contaminant level for beta particle and photon emitters in drinking water is 4 millirems/year. Levels above the regulated standard will cause health issues to the individual ingesting the contaminated water.
What is the Best Treatment Unit for Beta Particle and Photon Emitters in Drinking Water?
Since there’s no one-cure-treat-all solution, the best thing to do is to find the right treatment unit for the radioactive contaminant in the water supply. Conducting a water test on your water supply is necessary if you want to know the best treatment unit for your water. Once you’ve identified the radioactive contaminants in your water, the next course of action is to select the appropriate solution. From there, you’ll have a peace-of-mind knowing you’ve done your best and followed the recommended course of action to address the water-contamination issue.