Water and Radiation

Radiation is one of the types of contaminants that can be in water, so it’s important that you understand how to reduce your family’s exposure to radiation. Here are some key points about radiation. What is radiation? Simply speaking radiation is the transmission of energy in the form of waves or particles through space or through a material (Wikipedia). The term radiation means “radiating out from a source”. Radiation is not readily recognizable, as it is invisible, tasteless and odorless and some forms of radiation can penetrate materials, metal shields and the human body. Radiation can however, be measured by radiation detectors. Radiation, in low levels, is all around us all the time, and can come from natural and man-made sources. It’s in the atmosphere, in many soils and rocks, and even comes from light bulbs and x-rays. Some places have naturally occurring radiation in their water in levels that are quite concerning (see this news report about radiation in Houston’s water). The Japanese earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster in March of 2011 was one of the most significant environmental disasters ever, with both air and water becoming radioactivity polluted. From that event, radioactive materials traveled around the world
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