Processing Magazine

Radium in aquifer concerns Texas residents

May 22, 2012

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Many residents in the San Angelo, Texas-area are raising concerns about the health effects of drinking water from the Hickory Aquifer, which is contaminated with the radioactive element radium, The Standard-Times reported.

The aquifer currently has about seven times the amount allowed of radium, which is present throughout rocks and soil.

The City Council held a meeting Tuesday to decide what type of radium-removing treatment to install.

Possible treatment options include reverse osmosis and ion exchange, the article stated.