Radon concentrations over Health Canada's Guidelines can be a problem in any home. But due to underlying soil and rock conditions, some regions have more homes with elevated radon than others.
It is very important for realtors, builders, municipal governments, homeowners, renters, and other residents to know how prevalent radon is in their community. Unfortunately, there isn't enough testing in British Columbia and many communities do not know their radon levels.
The Healthy Indoor Environments program's Community Testing Project seeks to help muncipalities and regional districts know their radon levels. For 2020, HIE is working in the Central Okanagan to help test Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, Westbank First Nation and West Kelowna. Project partners include Take Action on Radon, the Regional District of Central Okanagan and participating municipalities.
If you are a resident of the Central Okanagan and would like to participate in this project, please visit the Air Quality Program website of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
We also look forward to developing databases to help municipalities learn what public information on radon levels is available and to provide guidance on conducting further municipal testing.
Questions? Contact Dr. Noah Quastel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-709-4496.
Funding for this project has been made possible by the Vancouver Foundation.