Jul 04, 2019

North Carolina County May Have Unsafe Drinking Water

Two people have been reported sick after drinking well water which may have high levels of chemicals like uranium and radon

Two people have been reported sick after drinking well water which may have high levels of chemicals like uranium and radon

In Wake County, N.C., officials found that thousands of households may have unhealthy amounts of uranium and radon in their drinking water from private wells. 

At a conference Monday, July 1, officials said “an estimated one in five private wells in eastern Wake County may exceed safe drinking-water standards for some chemicals,” according to The News & Observer. Plans have been made to notify property owners this week.

Evan Kane, the county’s groundwater protection and wells manager, assured residents there is no need to worry and the next step is to get private well water tested.

“At least one household has 20 times the acceptable level of uranium in the water,” Kane said, according to The News & Observer

The county first learned of the high levels in 2010 after a sample from southeast Raleigh, N.C., showed high uranium levels. The county tested around 400 wells from 2010 to 2014 and found higher levels of unsafe chemicals, according to The News & Observer

Kidney toxicity may be a result of drinking water with high levels of uranium. High levels of uranium and radium can increase the risk of certain cancers. Bathing in water with high levels of radon can also increase that risk, according to The News & Observer

The county encountered two people who were sick, potentially from their well water. According to The News & Observer, the doctors of the ill believe the water was related to their illness. 

More information can be found at wakegov.com/wells.

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