- Experts on radioactivity updated City Council on the radium levels at the Hickory Aquifer
- Radiation is everywhere, and the levels water aren't a threat
- The Hickory Aquifer is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of the year
City Council received an update on the Hickory Aquifer from experts on radioactivity Tuesday, to address concerns about the radium levels present in the water and the concern for the health of future workers in the treatment plant.
Dr. Ian Hamilton, corporate safety officer on radiation at health insurance provider Scott and White, and licensed nuclear engineer Rick Jacobi demonstrated how much radiation is present in common objects with a Geiger counter.
“Radiation is natural in origin,” said Hamilton as he displayed graphs and infographics on naturally occurring radiation levels from foods and the sun.
Jacobi explained the design and safety features of the plant, as well as addressed concerns such as the possibility of the plant exploding.
“This plant is very safe, there are no explosives” he said, “None of these materials are flammable.”
The treatment plant will be the largest of its kind and have many safety features to ensure that there will be very minimal danger exposed to the workers or environment.
“I am very confident,” Jacobi expressed his professional opinion of the treatment plant’s ability to provide safe water to San Angelo, “it’s a proven process.”
The the pipeline that transports water from the Hickory Aquifer to San Angelo is slated for completion by the end of the year.