What's In Your Water?
"Our big concern in this is family and neighborhood out here, a lot of little kids," said Black. "People who live out here, they say, mixing formulas for their babies, somethings that could affect people like my neighbors, who've been drinking water for years and years. They're a little concerned over the health risks of it."
People who drink water containing more than the standard radionuclides over many years, may have a slightly higher risk of developing cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's website, very low levels of radionuclides aren't a public health threat, and Missouri's Department of Natural Resources said it would take 70 years to develop cancer from the well's level.
"Radionuclide obviously at a high level would not be good for you, but the level in the water there is very very low," explained Steve Sturgess from the Department of Natural Resources. "It's just [not what] we would consider to be a very chronic risk. It would take a life time of drinking water at that level."
Bathing or showering in the water will not cause health risks. But in order to reduce the risk from drinking the water, the water supply district is placing a filter in their system that will reduce the amount of water used from the Harg well. The water district wants the DNR to grant an exemption to the rules for water treatment facilities so they can work on the Harg well.