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

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

The Most Polluted Communities in New Mexico

242 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
1Canoncito AT Apache Canyon
Santa Fe, NM
2508 of 810.82 pCi/L
(6.66 to 14.76 pCi/L)
2Clayton Municipal Supply
Albuquerque, NM
2,4012 of 25.7 pCi/L
(3.1 to 8.29 pCi/L)
3Rehoboth Christian School
Rehoboth, NM
3804 of 44.03 pCi/L
(3.41 to 4.61 pCi/L)
4Des Moines Water System
Des Moines, NM
2003 of 33.48 pCi/L
(2.95 to 4.5 pCi/L)
5Glorieta East Water Supply
Glorieta, NM
601 of 13.38 pCi/L
(3.38 pCi/L)
6Fort Sumner Municipal Water System
Ft Sumner, NM
1,2008 of 93.37 pCi/L
(0 to 5.78 pCi/L)
7Glorieta Estates Water Co-Op
Glorietta, NM
611 of 13.21 pCi/L
(3.21 pCi/L)
8Mosquero Water System
Mosquero, NM
1251 of 12.7 pCi/L
(2.7 pCi/L)
9Sunlit Hills Water System
Santa Fe, NM
9901 of 12.69 pCi/L
(2.69 pCi/L)
10Fort Bayard Medical Center
Fort Bayard, NM
7001 of 12.65 pCi/L
(2.65 pCi/L)

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

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 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
Failure to monitor regularly1
Over maximum contaminant level, Average1