More than a dozen public and community water systems in the Morris County region contain radon at levels higher than what a state environmental committee has recommended is safe.
But 18 months after the radon subcommittee of the Drinking Water Quality Institute suggested a standard for water systems, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection still has not put any regulations in place to limit the amount of the cancer-causing gas in water.
“Right now, the only thing they tell you to do is stand back from the water when you turn it on in the morning,” said Jeff Tittel, head of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club. “They should have put together a standard decades ago.”
Radon is an odorless, colorless gas prevalent in the Highlands region, part of the Reading Prong geological area, due to the uranium-rich rock. Radon is released when uranium decays.