The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has recently shared a report that shows over half the drinking water in the US contain radioactive elements, according to IFL Science. The radioactive elements were also discovered during the group’s investigation to be the cause of cancer. Over 50,000 public water systems were analyzed by EWG and found to potentially affect over 170 million Americans.
“Most radioactive elements in tap water come from natural sources, but that doesn’t take away the need to protect people through stronger standards and better water treatment,” stated Olga Naidenko, senior science adviser at EWG. “Millions of Americans are drinking water with potentially harmful levels of radioactive elements, but the outdated federal standards mean many people don’t know about the risk they face when they turn on the tap,” Naidenko continued. Texas was the state that the organization found most radioactive elements surfaced in the water supply. According to reports, over 80% of residents in the state have radium in their water supply.