The recent nuclear accident caused by the earthquake in Japan has sent rippling aftershocks into drinking water.
The partial meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant has caused water contamination in the surrounding community. Parents in Japan have also been warned that infants should not be drinking water from the taps. The mixed message that has been conveyed as that children under the age of one should not be drinking tapwater, however people are beginning to question what would happen to their two and three year olds.
The disaster has already had its effects on the food chain, where milk found 20 miles from the plant has shown traces of contamination.
The United Kingdom is also sending emergency water supplies to the stricken areas where many supermarkets have empty shelves, previously filled with bottled water.
In Boston, Massachussets, traces of the dangerous compound radioiodine-131 has been found in rainwater which is said to be very low, and not dangerous, but it demonstrates how far the pollution has the ability to travel.
There are fortunately solutions to treat water for uranium, and other radioactive materials so that the contaminated drinking water can become clean drinking water once again. Read our about our treatment of contaminated drinking water.