Three years ago, Donna Welch started having health problems. That's when she tested her well water for lead, mercury, and arsenic. She didn't tested for uranium. The thought never crossed her mind until recently, when other Monroe County residents found high levels in their wells.
"You used to enjoy a long hot shower, but now you're thinking 'oh my gosh' I'm breathing in all this stuff," says Welch.
She's referring to the natural gas radon. It's in her air, it's in her water, and it's coming from the high levels of uranium also present in her drinking water.
"The UGA water lab called me and told us that the uranium level in our well was the second highest in the state of Georgia," says Welch.