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    Elevated levels of radon in groundwater

    Does anyone have any experience or information on highly elevated levels of radon in groundwater? Mitigation measures, if possible. We have a proposed subdivision where the level of radon in the groundwater is fantastically high. In fact this area was looked at during the fifties for possible uranium mining. What comes to mind is that the gas is released from the water when it leaves the plumbing and if a homeowner is in the shower, he/she would be exposed to the elevated level of radon gas for short periods pretty much every day as long as they live there. Community water systems can mitgiate this through a cascading filter that releases the gas before it is piped to the homes, but such a system would be too costly for an individual landowners.

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    My office designed a system for removing a gas, benzene, I think from a municipal well that serves a neighborhood. It was before my time here, so I'd have to ask someone about the specifics. They put the machinery inside this cutesy spring house to fit into the old neighborhood it serves.

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    There are osmossis systems in use for community wide - and in some cases subdivision wide water systems. They are cost prohibitive at the individual residence level. Medina Illinois is using a functional system.

    Check out Water Remediation Technologies Inc

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    ok, now I'm concerned

    We had the sellers install ground radon remediation prior to our home purchase, as the interior air quality was just over the EPA threshold.

    Is there a chance there is radon in our well water, too?

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    Quote Originally posted by SGB
    We had the sellers install ground radon remediation prior to our home purchase, as the interior air quality was just over the EPA threshold.

    Is there a chance there is radon in our well water, too?
    Possible but I think not probable that it is in any concentration that is significant if your indoor air quality is just above EPA limits. This area overlies radioactive volcanic rock. The radon levels are several times the EPA threshold.
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    Quote Originally posted by SGB
    Is there a chance there is radon in our well water, too?
    It depends on the bedrock formations. The chemical interactions between certain sedimentary rocks and groundwater can cause dangerously high radon levels.

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