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Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & uranium) in South Carolina


Alpha particles are a form of radiation associated with mining waste pollutants and natural sources. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in South Carolina

52 water utilities reported detecting Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & uranium) in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & uranium) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Ussc/Purdy Shores
West Columbia, SC
2427 of 717.45 pCi/L
(10 to 27 pCi/L)
2Town of Jackson
Jackson, SC
6,2108 of 88.34 pCi/L
(5.4 to 11.1 pCi/L)
3AD Hare Waterworks Inc
Pinopolis, SC
1,7408 of 84.53 pCi/L
(0.1 to 23.6 pCi/L)
4Jackson Mhp
Barnwell, SC
623 of 34 pCi/L
(3.6 to 4.4 pCi/L)
5Hillsview Mhp
Lincolnton, SC
781 of 13.6 pCi/L
(3.6 pCi/L)
6Oakhill S/D
Aiken, SC
2354 of 42.98 pCi/L
(1.1 to 5.1 pCi/L)
7Town of Perry
Perry, SC
8324 of 42.9 pCi/L
(0.1 to 9.9 pCi/L)
8Sandy Run Mhp
Summerville, SC
451 of 12.8 pCi/L
(2.8 pCi/L)
9Bamberg-Public Works
Bamberg, SC
5,4081 of 12.5 pCi/L
(2.5 pCi/L)
10College Acres Public W/D
Aiken, SC
1,3504 of 42.38 pCi/L
(1.3 to 3.2 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & uranium)

StandardDescriptionLevel
Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL)The enforceable standard which defines the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to health-based limits (Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, or MCLGs) as feasible using the best available analytical and treatment technologies and taking cost into consideration. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.15 pCi/L

Violation Summary for Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & uranium) in South Carolina

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in South Carolina