Radionuclides ~ Why Not?

Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality: Guideline Technical Document - Radiological Parameters

Basic Information about USA
Radionuclides in
Drinking Water


"The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates radionuclides in drinking water to protect public health. Radionuclides may cause health problems if present in public or private water supplies in amounts greater than the drinking water standard set by EPA."

"Radiation may exist in drinking water from nuclides dissolved in the water from natural sources in the earth or occasionally from releases from laboratories or nuclear power plants.(1)

(1) Radiation: Risks and Realities. Understanding Radiation in Your Life, Your World (PDF)

Fukushima Plume: Cesium-137 in Becquerels/Cubic Meter

Fukushima Plume: Cesium-137 in Becquerels/Cubic Meter

Time-Lapse Animation of the International Dispersion of the Fukushima Radioactive Aerial Discharge. Three days are animated March 30 thru April 1st. This corresponds to Day-19 thru Day-21 of the Initial Fukushima Disaster.

Published on 30 Aug 2013

The simulation from NOAA's HYSPLIT model shows a continuous release of tracer particles at a rate of 100 per hour representing the Cesium-137 emitted from Fukushima Daiichi. Each change in particle color (red, orange, yellow, cyan, green, blue, violet, magenta) represents a decrease in radioactivity by a factor of 10. Radioactivity decreases only due to wet and dry deposition. Decay is not a factor for Cesium in this short duration simulation compared to its long-half life. The air concentration would be computed from the particle density so it is only partially related to the color scale. Emissions occurred from 12-31 March, but the particles are followed through the end of April using meteorological data from the 1-degree resolution NOAA global analyses. The maximum cesium emissions on March 15th are shown by the red color and represent a particle activity of 5E+12 Bq.

More information about how this modeling was done can be found at:

EPA: How will radionuclides be removed from my drinking water?

The following treatment method(s) have proven to be effective in removing radionuclides at levels below their MCLs:

      • Beta particle and Photon Radiation: ion exchange and reverse osmosis;
      • (Gross) Alpha Emitters: reverse osmosis;
      • Radium 226 and Radium 228 (Combined): ion exchange, reverse osmosis, lime softening;
      • Uranium: Ion exchange, reverse osmosis, lime softening,  coagulation/filtration."

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