Radioactivity & Drinking Water

March marked the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Japanese coast and led to the meltdown of the Fukushima Daichii Nuclear Power Plant. In the wake of the quake, the world worried about the effects the nuclear disaster could have around the world. Although federal agencies reported that no radioactive elements were present in U.S. rain or water supplies at levels that would affect human health, it brought up a question: What remedies are available if radioactive elements ever are found in water?

In light of these concerns, NSF Intl. worked with the Japan Water Purification Assn. to develop a protocol to certify water treatment systems that reduce iodine, including radioactive iodine. In the future we can expect to see systems certified to this the protocol—and although we hope we do not have need for them, they will certainly provide reassurance in the event of a nuclear incident.

Do you feel that this new protocol will help improve drinking water safety in the event of another nuclear disaster? Did your customers express concerns over their water quality in the aftermath of the earthquake? Let us know your thoughts at [email protected].

Kate Cline is editor-in-chief of WQP. Cline can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1007.

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