Water Center faculty Dr. Luke Juran, along with authors from the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene and the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Systems Engineering, has published an article in the scientific journal Water. The article is titled “Assessing Strontium and Vulnerability to Strontium in Private Drinking Water Systems in Virginia.” The article appears in a special issue entitled “Challenges in Supplying Safe Drinking Water in Rural Communities.” Physical factors such as rock type, rock age, and fertilizer use have been linked to elevated strontium concentrations in drinking water. Social factors such as poverty, poor diet, and adolescence also increase social vulnerability to health impacts of strontium. In terms of social vulnerability, households with high levels of strontium are more likely to live in a food desert. This study provides information to help 1.7 million residents of Virginia, as well as populations in neighboring states, understand their risk of exposure to strontium in their drinking water.
To find out more, read the full article here. Citation below.
Scott, V.; Juran, L.; Ling, E.J.; Benham, B.; Spiller, A. Assessing Strontium and Vulnerability to Strontium in Private Drinking Water Systems in Virginia. Water 2020, 12, 1053.