Radium & Gross Alpha Particles

Where does radium come from?

Radium is formed when uranium and thorium undergo radioactive decay in the environment. Radium is constantly being produced by radioactive decay. Deeper wells generally have higher levels of radium while shallow wells and surface water typically have lower levels of radium. Radium emits energy in the form of alpha particles and gamma rays. Radium decays into radon over time.

What are the health effects of radium?

The primary concern with radium is the harmful radiation it emits, which can lead to cancer, birth defects, and more.

Treatment methods

  • Cation or whole-house water softening system
  • Point of use Reverse Osmosis for drinking and cooking water. Kinetico RO systems will reduce levels of contaminates to well below the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) and, in most cases, leaves contaminates undetectable. An RO faucet is added to the kitchen sink and the refrigerator, when applicable.