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Radium-226 in New Mexico


Radium-226 is a radioactive element usually found around uranium deposits. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in New Mexico

244 water utilities reported detecting Radium-226 in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Radium-226 level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Canoncito AT Apache Canyon
Santa Fe, NM
2508 of 86.78 pCi/L
(4.19 to 9.7 pCi/L)
2Rehoboth Christian School
Rehoboth, NM
3804 of 42.97 pCi/L
(2.43 to 3.37 pCi/L)
3Fort Bayard Medical Center
Fort Bayard, NM
7001 of 12.65 pCi/L
(2.65 pCi/L)
4Fort Sumner Municipal Water System
Ft Sumner, NM
1,2008 of 92.53 pCi/L
(0 to 4.27 pCi/L)
5Glorieta East Water Supply
Glorieta, NM
601 of 12.37 pCi/L
(2.37 pCi/L)
6Des Moines Water System
Des Moines, NM
2003 of 32.03 pCi/L
(1.72 to 2.6 pCi/L)
7Glorieta Estates Water Co-Op
Glorietta, NM
611 of 12.01 pCi/L
(2.01 pCi/L)
8Clayton Municipal Supply
Albuquerque, NM
2,4013 of 31.8 pCi/L
(0.6 to 3.21 pCi/L)
9Hyde Park Estates Water Users Assoc
Santa Fe, NM
1838 of 91.49 pCi/L
(0 to 2.87 pCi/L)
10Sunlit Hills Water System
Santa Fe, NM
9901 of 11.47 pCi/L
(1.47 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Radium-226

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
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.0.05 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
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 Radium-226 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 regularly3
Over maximum contaminant level, Average3