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Combined Radium (-226 & -228) in New Jersey


Radium is a radioactive element usually found around uranium deposits. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in New Jersey

489 water utilities reported detecting Combined Radium (-226 & -228) in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Combined Radium (-226 & -228) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Pleasant Gardens Apartments
Jackson, NJ
902 of 29 pCi/L
(6.24 to 11.77 pCi/L)
2Upper Deerfield Twp Water Dept
Cumberland, NJ
2,9644 of 46.23 pCi/L
(3.95 to 7.67 pCi/L)
3Colonial Estates
Oak Brook, NJ
1,3003 of 36.07 pCi/L
(5.9 to 6.2 pCi/L)
4Berlin Water Department
Berlin, NJ
13,6009 of 95.37 pCi/L
(1.5 to 8.38 pCi/L)
5Lakewood Twp Mua
Lakewood, NJ
17,2016 of 65.21 pCi/L
(1.5 to 8.63 pCi/L)
6Manasquan Water Departme
Manasquan, NJ
5,3004 of 45.14 pCi/L
(3.67 to 5.99 pCi/L)
7Vineland Water & Sewer Utility
Vineland, NJ
33,0008 of 85.13 pCi/L
(3.97 to 7.27 pCi/L)
8Verona Water Department
Verona, NJ
13,5795 of 54.85 pCi/L
(3.12 to 6.69 pCi/L)
9Montclair Water Bureau
Montclair, NJ
38,9775 of 54.84 pCi/L
(2.96 to 5.96 pCi/L)
10Garden State Mhp
Wall Twp, NJ
1005 of 54.81 pCi/L
(4.3 to 5.38 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Combined Radium (-226 & -228)

StandardDescriptionLevel
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 pCi/L
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.5 pCi/L

Violation Summary for Combined Radium (-226 & -228) in New Jersey

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Over maximum contaminant level, Average58