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Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & uranium) in Texas


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

The Most Polluted Communities in Texas

288 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)
1Tempe Wsc
Livingston, TX
1,5401 of 144.7 pCi/L
(44.7 pCi/L)
2City of Chico East
Chico, TX
1,0443 of 333.9 pCi/L
(28.7 to 39.8 pCi/L)
3Lajitas ON The Rio Grande
Austin, TX
5001 of 132.9 pCi/L
(32.9 pCi/L)
4Vista Verde Water Systems Inc
Odessa, TX
392 of 231 pCi/L
(30.5 to 31.5 pCi/L)
5White Tail Ridge Lakes Estates
Livingston, TX
2433 of 329.77 pCi/L
(26.6 to 35.3 pCi/L)
6Greenwood Village
El Campo, TX
2,3073 of 329.2 pCi/L
(27.6 to 30.7 pCi/L)
7South Silver Creek I II & Iii
Austin, TX
3033 of 327.63 pCi/L
(19.2 to 33.4 pCi/L)
8West Harris County Mud 9
Houston, TX
5,6011 of 127 pCi/L
(27 pCi/L)
9Indian Springs Lake Estate Ll
Livingston, TX
1,0383 of 326.87 pCi/L
(23.6 to 31.2 pCi/L)
10Crystal Lake Estates Water System
Livingston, TX
2823 of 324.9 pCi/L
(22 to 26.6 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 Texas

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Texas