What is Beryllium?
Beryllium is a rare chemical element found in our universe. It is a free element that is lightweight yet strong. The color of beryllium is colorless, steel-grey or white and is considered an alkaline earth metal. It is an inorganic metallic element that can’t be destroyed. It does not have a particular odor. The production of beryllium is challenging compared to other substances.
What Types of Industrial Uses Does it Have?
The production of the substance is due to its importance in the manufacturing of metal alloys for nuclear reactors. Beryllium is also used in the production of alloys for the aerospace industry and electrical equipment.
How Does Beryllium Get into Your Drinking Water?
The major causes of the contamination of drinking water are when beryllium leaches from rocks and soils or through improper waste management in industrial companies.
What are the Health Risks Associated with Beryllium?
The consumption of beryllium in drinking water above the EPA’s MCL may lead to the development of intestinal lesions in the exposed individual.
How Common is Beryllium in Water?
Beryllium is not common in most water system since it is a rare element. However, it can find its way into surface water or groundwater if wastewater is not managed correctly.
What is the EPA’s Contamination Level Standards for Beryllium in Drinking Water?
The set maximum contaminant level goal or MCLG for beryllium is at 0.004 mg/L or 4 ppb. The EPA’s maximum contaminant level or MCL is set at 0.004 mg/L or 4 ppb.
What is the Best Reduction Media for Removing Beryllium from Drinking Water?
Based on studies and results, the best ways to eliminate beryllium are coagulation/filtration, reverse osmosis (RO), ion exchange, activated alumina, and lime softening. You can also install an AquaOx water filter system since it is capable of removing the contaminant to below 0.004 mg/L or 4 ppb. Keep chemical contaminants off your tap water with a reliable water treatment system today!
|Chemical Names:||Beryllium; 7440-41-7; Glucinium; Beryllium dust; Beryllium metal; Beryllium powder|
|Molecular Weight:||9.012 g/mol|
|Substance Registry:||FDA UNII|
|Safety Summary:||Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS)|
Beryllium is a hard, grayish metal naturally found in mineral rocks, coal, soil, and volcanic dust. Beryllium compounds are commercially mined, and the Beryllium is purified for use in nuclear weapons and reactors, aircraft and space vehicle structures, instruments, x-ray machines, and mirrors. Beryllium ores are used to make specialty ceramics for electrical and high-technology applications. Beryllium alloys are used in automobiles, computers, sports equipment (golf clubs and bicycle frames), and dental bridges.