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Uranium-238 in New Mexico

Uranium-238 is a radioactive element commonly found in most rocks; processed ore is used for power generation and weapons manufacture. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in New Mexico

86 water utilities reported detecting Uranium-238 in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Uranium-238 level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Los Arboles Mhp
Las Cruces, NM
3301 of 10.06 pCi/L
(0.06 pCi/L)
2EL Rancho Mobile Home Park (Santa Fe)
Santa Fe, NM
501 of 10.06 pCi/L
(0.06 pCi/L)
3G and S Water Works
Tucson, NM
673 of 30.04 pCi/L
(0.04 pCi/L)
4EL Llano Mdwca
Espanola, NM
1051 of 10.04 pCi/L
(0.04 pCi/L)
5Socorro Water System
Socorro, NM
8,7063 of 30.04 pCi/L
(0.02 to 0.05 pCi/L)
6Las Colonias Mhp
Rio Rancho, NM
381 of 10.03 pCi/L
(0.03 pCi/L)
7Las Cruces Municipal Water System
Las Cruces, NM
81,0255 of 50.03 pCi/L
(<0.01 to 0.08 pCi/L)
8Polvadera Mdwca
Lemitar, NM
1,3913 of 30.03 pCi/L
(0.02 to 0.04 pCi/L)
9Canoncito AT Apache Canyon
Santa Fe, NM
2501 of 20.03 pCi/L
(0 to 0.06 pCi/L)
10Vaughn - Duran Water System
Vaughn, NM
5401 of 10.03 pCi/L
(0.03 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Uranium-238

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.0.03 pCi/L

Violation Summary for Uranium-238 in New Mexico

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in New Mexico