NebGuide: Uranium in Drinking Water
Uranium is a naturally occuring element present in rocks and soil. Water passing thrrough and over geologic formations can dissolve uranium. The result is that uranium can be present in some water resources. Drinking water containing uranium can cause adverse health effects. Most notably, longterm ingestion of uranium may increase the risk of kidney damage. Public community water supplies must comply with the EPA standard of no more than 30 ppb. Management of public noncommunity and private drinking water supplies for uranium is a decision made by the well owner and/or water users. Options exist for uranium removal, but the best treaatment system or combination of systems for a given situation will depend on several factors.