Does ZeroWater Remove Uranium?
YES! When tested in accordance with the NSF's protocol based on a 40 gallon filtration (double the rated usage), ZeroWater removes 99% of Uranium from your tap water.
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How does Uranium get into your water?
Because Uranium is found everywhere in small amounts, we are all exposed to it ending up in our bodies from the air we breath, water we drink or food we consume or via the soils on which we grow our crops.
Uranium is a naturally and commonly occurring radioactive element. It is found in very small amounts in nature in the form of minerals but may be processed into a silver-colored metal.
Rocks, soil, surface and underground water, air, plants, and animals all contain varying amounts of Uranium.
In most countries, low levels of Uranium are found in drinking water.
Higher levels may be found in areas with elevated levels of naturally occurring Uranium in rocks and soil.
People who work at factories that process Uranium, work with Phosphate fertilizers, or live near Uranium mines have a chance of taking in more Uranium than most other people.
Larger-than-normal amounts of Uranium might also enter the environment from erosion of tailings from mines and mills for Uranium and other metals.
Accidental discharges from Uranium processing plants are possible, but these compounds spread out quickly into the air.
Along with naturally occurring Uranium in the environment, common sources of Uranium contamination include:
- Abandoned Uranium mines
- The dissolution of Uranium bearing minerals into groundwater
- Mill tailings
- Emissions from the Nuclear industry
- Combustion of coal or other fuels
The Health Implications of Uranium
The chemical effects of Uranium in drinking water are of greater concern than the possible effects of its radioactivity.
Bathing and showering with water that contains Uranium is not a health concern.
Many organisations recommend or set the maximum containment level (MCL) for Uranium in drinking water at 30 µg/L.
Most ingested Uranium is eliminated from the body.
However, a small amount is absorbed and carried through the bloodstream to the various organs.
Studies show that elevated levels of Uranium from any source, including drinking water, can increase a person's risk of kidney damage.
The kidney is the most sensitive organ for damage by Uranium.
It is strongly encourages for all of us to learn more about our drinking water, and to support local efforts to protect and upgrade the supply of safe drinking water.
Your water bill or telephone book's government listings are a good starting point for local information.