Radon in ground water in Guilford County, North Carolina

Fact Sheet 147-97
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Approximately 30 percent of the water used in Guilford County, North Carolina, is from ground-water sources. All rural supplies are from ground water; approximately 65,000 residents used ground water for their domestic water supplies in 1990.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Guilford County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Guilford County Department of Health, began a study in 1996 of the hydrogeology of Guilford County to update previous work. As part of this effort and according to methods presented in Koterba and others (1995), dissolved radon samples were collected from 70 wells throughout the county. Because radon in ground water poses a potential health hazard, this report presents results from this sampling effort and the implications that radon may have on ground-water use in Guilford County.

Suggested Citation

Spruill, T.B., Williams, J.B., Galeone, D.R., and Harned, D.A., 1997, Radon in ground water in Guilford County, North Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 1997-0147, 4 p., https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/fs14797

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Radon
  • Why is Radon a Health Concern?
  • Distribution of Radon in Guilford County Ground Water
  • Implications for Homeowners
  • References
  • Information
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Radon in ground water in Guilford County, North Carolina
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 147-97
DOI 10.3133/fs14797
Year Published 1997
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) South Atlantic Water Science Center
Description 4 p.
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Guilford County
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