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National Drinking Water Database


Radon in North Carolina


Radon is a radioactive breakdown product of radium and uranium in soil, rock and water; it is often present in groundwater. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in North Carolina

1 water utilities reported detecting Radon in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Radon level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department
Raleigh, NC
409,5421 of 11.2 pCi/L
(1.2 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Radon

StandardDescriptionLevel
One in one million (10-6) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1,000,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.1.5 pCi/L
One in ten thousand (10-4) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 10,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.150 pCi/L

Violation Summary for Radon in North Carolina

Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes the following violations of federal standards in North Carolina since 2004

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly7