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Opening well will help city decrease dependence on Lake Lanier
A new uranium removal system provided by Water Remediation Technology, LLC (WRT) will enable the City of Lawrenceville, Ga., to open a well that has concentrations of uranium that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) maximum contaminant level (MCL) for drinking water. The installation of the Lawrenceville system will be the first of its kind in Georgia; plans are in place for additional systems.
Located in the Atlanta metro area, Lawrenceville is home to just over 28,000 people and is the county seat of Gwinnett County. Lawrenceville signed a 20-year contract with WRT to remove uranium from Well #3, improving the quality of water and making it safe for the community to drink.
Lawrenceville currently purchases about 90% of its water supply from Gwinnett County, which pulls from nearby Lake Lanier. With the installation of WRT’s uranium removal system, the city of Lawrenceville can begin reducing its dependence on Lake Lanier, which is critical considering the record-breaking drought in northern Georgia at this time.
“We’re proud to have the first installation of WRT’s uranium removal system in the state of Georgia,” said Mike Bowie, Lawrenceville’s Water Department superintendent. “We chose to work with WRT because the company’s technology safely removes the contaminant from our water without affecting the environment or our community. It was especially important for our decision that WRT handle the removal and disposal of the uranium so we don’t have to worry about it.”
As is typical of WRT’s radionuclide removal systems in other states, the treatment system in Lawrenceville will operate under WRT’s Radioactive Materials License.
WRT is currently working with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in order to obtain the required Radioactive Material License for the storage, removal and handling of natural radium and uranium from the state’s drinking water.
According to the EPA, uranium can be found naturally in soil, water and food.