New Jersey Has a Creeping Contaminated Water Problem

A radioactive water leak that started over a year ago is leaking into an aquifer that provides New Jersey with water.

This radioactive water leak at a nuclear power plant started over a year ago (April 9, 2009) and since then it has been slowly spreading underground in the area aquifer. One might ask why something wasn’t done about it before now. Now, this contaminated water is beginning to seep into the aquifer that gives New Jersey residents much of their drinking water.

What evidently happened is that at least 180,000 gallons of tainted water was released from the Lacey Township plant. The water seeped out through two small holes in separate pipes. No matter how it got out, water testing has revealed pollution levels 50 times higher than Department of Environmental Protection standards in the aquifer that provides a large portion of South Jersey’s drinking water. The pollution of course is in the form of radioactive water.

Of interest is the fact that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Exelon say that this plant – the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station – may operate safety until it is 60 years old. It is now 40 years old and beginning to fall apart. Environmental groups have been raising the alarm over this facility for some time without any success. Now the powers that be will be forced into taking action to clean up their mess. Evidently the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner is aggressively ordering those responsible for this leak to clean it up pronto.

Unfortunately, the big wigs in charge of the plant and the plant’s owners took a ‘wait and see’ attitude and hoped locals would trust them that the spill wasn’t really a big deal. It’s a big deal now when the drinking water of South Jersey is threatened.

Something that the residents of New Jersey may be interested in is water distillers and water distillation systems. The only safe way to handle contaminated water is to make sure a water distiller is on hand to provide safe and fresh water. There is no other cleaner and fresher water available. Residents might also want to check into how to get water distillation systems installed in their homes.

They need to be protected, and those that are relying on tap water are in for a nasty surprise. The panic that this spill will generate will mean people need to find other alternatives to tap water. What better way to be prepared now and in the case of an emergency, than having distilled water ready to go. Don’t take the chance that the tap water is radioactive contaminated.

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