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June 18, 2012 - Texas drinking water makes pipes and plumbing radioactive
by Mark Greenblatt / KHOU 11 News
Posted on May 17, 2011 at 9:49 PM
Updated Wednesday, May 18 at 5:16 PM
HOUSTON—Radiation has contaminated the underground pipes, water tanks, and plumbing that provide drinking water for much of Central Texas and the famed Texas Hill Country, according to concerned city officials in the region who have tested the pipes with Geiger counters.
According to local officials, the contamination comes from years of exposure to drinking water that already tests over federal legal limits for radioactive radium. Of even more concern, they say, is that any water quality testing is done before the water runs through the contaminated pipes that could be adding even more radiation.
"It's a serious concern," City of Brady Manager James Minor said. "These pipes have so much radioactivity in them, metal recycling places refer to them as they're 'hot.'"
Minor said the city made the discovery when it recently dug up older steel water pipes from the ground in an attempt to replace them. When the city brought the older pipes to a local recycling scrap yard, the scrap yard turned them away as "too radioactive" to recycle.
"It just brings lots of questions to my mind as far as, what's that doing to the people drinking it," he said, referring to the water that flows through the pipes.
Minor said he is speaking out in an attempt to do the right thing on behalf of his citizens, and those who live in the region.
"This is a regional problem for 40 to 50 other communities," he said. "This is a huge problem. We just happen to be the one standing here in front of the camera talking about it."
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