NGWA Sponsors February Conference on Arsenic, Radium, Radon and Uranium

A conference on detecting and treating arsenic, radium, radon and uranium in natural waters will be held February 24-25 in Charleston, S.C., by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

The conference covers hybrid sorbents and numerous new media for filtering and treating drinking water, as well as well design options that can help minimize contaminant levels.

While arsenic, radium, radon and uranium can pose problems to municipal and private water wells, technology is available to treat them. Nevertheless, many municipal systems are scrambling to meet the new U.S. EPA drinking water standard for arsenic of 10 parts per billion that goes into effect on January 23, 2006. Arsenic has been linked to several types of cancer and can be present in natural water in a variety of geologic settings from bedrock to glacial deposits.

Areas where well water greatly exceeds drinking water standards for uranium and other radionuclides have been detected in South Carolina and throughout the country.

This two-day conference will provide participants with an understanding of the geochemistry governing arsenic and radionuclide dissolution and the state-of-the-science treatment options available. Visit the industry display area to gather the latest information from companies leading the treatment market.

Topics to be discussed include:

• New treatment options with costs;

• Natural settings for arsenic, radium, radon and uranium;

• Challenges for regulators;

• Occurrence in private wells;

• Point-of-use and point-of-entry treatment equipment;

• Community system design options, capital and operating costs;

• Waste and discharge limitations in selecting treatment options;

• Human health effects; and

• Case studies.

Additional information is available at

National Ground Water Association

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