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Combined Uranium (mg/L) in New Mexico

Uranium is a radioactive element commonly found in most rocks; processed uranium ore is used for power generation and weapons manufacture. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in New Mexico

236 water utilities reported detecting Combined Uranium (mg/L) in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Combined Uranium (mg/L) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Valley Estates Water and Sewer Associati
Espanola, NM
1851 of 170 ppb
(70 ppb)
2Los Arboles Mhp
Las Cruces, NM
3301 of 162 ppb
(62 ppb)
3EL Rancho Mobile Home Park (Santa Fe)
Santa Fe, NM
501 of 157.5 ppb
(57.5 ppb)
4Espanola Water System
Espanola, NM
10,0651 of 145 ppb
(45 ppb)
5G and S Water Works
Tucson, NM
677 of 740 ppb
(35 to 60 ppb)
6Las Cruces Municipal Water System
Las Cruces, NM
81,02519 of 2039.69 ppb
(0 to 90 ppb)
7EL Llano Mdwca
Espanola, NM
1051 of 137 ppb
(37 ppb)
8Elida Water System
Elida, NM
1891 of 234.01 ppb
(0 to 68.02 ppb)
9Alpine Village W&sd
Roswell, NM
1951 of 133.33 ppb
(33.33 ppb)
10Las Colonias Mhp
Rio Rancho, NM
381 of 132 ppb
(32 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Combined Uranium (mg/L)

Maximum Contaminant Limit Goal (MCLG)A non-enforceable health goal that is set at a level at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health of persons occurs and which allows an adequate margin of safety. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0 ppb
California Public Health GoalsDefined by the State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) as the level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. For acutely toxic substances, levels are set at which scientific evidence indicates that no known or anticipated adverse effects on health will occur, plus an adequate margin-of safety. PHGs for carcinogens or other substances which can cause chronic disease shall be based solely on health effects without regard to cost impacts and shall be set at levels which OEHHA has determined do not pose any significant risk to health.0.5 ppb
Drinking Water Equivalent LevelA lifetime exposure concentration protective of adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects, that assumes all of the exposure to a contaminant is from drinking water. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.20 ppb
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.30 ppb

Violation Summary for Combined Uranium (mg/L) in New Mexico

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Over maximum contaminant level, Average68
Over maximum contaminant level, Single Sample16
Failure to monitor regularly10