Tokyo tap water ‘not safe for babies’, as radioactive Iodine level reaches twice above the limit

By on Mar 23, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Health Comments

Tokyo tap water is now being considered as not totally safe for babies particularly for drinking, as radioactive iodine level have reached twice above the limit, according to NHK TV on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

In a live telecast TV news report at around 3 p.m. (Tokyo time), parents in some places in Tokyo are being strongly advised not to use tap water for babies under one year old, specifically for drinking water and food preparation as a safety precaution.

Apparently, the safety warning came from Tokyo Water Bureau head Ei Yoshida as the radioactive iodine level have increased to more than twice allowed for infants and babies to keep them safe.

The Tokyo Metropolitan government announced that 210 becquerels of radioactive iodine were detected on Tuesday per one liter of water in Kanamachi district’s water purification plant, in Katsushika Ward.

According to the report, the maximum limit for babies below 1 year old is only 100 becquerels of radioactive iodine, while 300 becquerels is the maximum limit level for adults.

However, the agency stressed out that the affected tap water in Tokyo is not risky if babies under 1 year old has consumed it for only a short period of time, and do not impose immediate heath problem.

Meanwhile, the Tokyo Metropolitan government said that the radiation iodine level in Hamura water purification plant in western Tokyo is only 32 becquerels.

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