What is Tritium and why is it important to water?
How can you tell if the water you drink is from an artesian source that has not mixed with surface waters? You test for the presence of Tritium. The artesian aquifer that is the source of Evamor Natural Artesian Water is a protected aquifer, half a mile under the ground, under tons of impenetrable rock. The aquifer is lined with natural limestone and over time and pressure, this limestone infuses the water with its naturally high alkaline properties.
So we know that Evamor Natural Artesian Water is pure of contaminants from the modern industrial age because it lacks any traces of Tritium.
Facts about Tritium
· Tritium is a radioactive form or isotope of hydrogen.
· Although tritium can be a gas, its most common form is in water, because, like non-radioactive hydrogen, radioactive tritium reacts with oxygen to form water.
· An encapsulated aquifer is classified as a “virginal” or “legacy” source.
· If there is no tritium found in a water source, the aquifer is encapsulated (protected) and separate from surface pollution.
· As with all ionizing radiation, exposure to tritium increases the risk of developing cancer. However, because it emits very low energy and leaves the body fairly quickly, tritium is one of the least dangerous radionuclides.
· Once tritium enters the body, it disperses quickly and is uniformly distributed throughout the body where it stays for approximately a month or so.
· Very small quantities of tritium occur naturally when cosmic rays interact with nitrogen molecules in the upper atmosphere.
· The Environmental Protection Agency has established standards for the maximum amount of tritium that may be found in drinking water. Before being approved for public use, the water source must meet a risk-based criteria for soil and ground water.
· Tritium is used commercially as a light source in flares, emergency lights, exit signs, watches and clocks.
· It is also an essential fuel for experimental nuclear “fusion” and is a known by-product of commercial reactors.
· Most tritium in the environment is in the form of tritiated water, which easily disperses in the atmosphere, water bodies, soil and rock.
These criteria set a person’s increased risk of developing cancer for exposure to tritium as being no more than 1-in-a-10,000 to a 1-in-a-1,000,000 chance.