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National Drinking Water Database


Radium-228 in Kentucky


Radium-228 is a radioactive element usually found around uranium deposits. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Kentucky

19 water utilities reported detecting Radium-228 in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Radium-228 level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Stanford Water Works
Stanford, KY
10,3162 of 21 pCi/L
(0.5 to 1.5 pCi/L)
2Stella Trailer Park
Murray, KY
921 of 10.9 pCi/L
(0.9 pCi/L)
3Franklin Water Works
Franklin, KY
13,5101 of 30.87 pCi/L
(0 to 2.6 pCi/L)
4Berea Municipal Utilities
Berea, KY
13,2991 of 10.7 pCi/L
(0.7 pCi/L)
5Shelbyville Water & Sewer Commission
Shelbyville, KY
26,1103 of 40.65 pCi/L
(0 to 1.2 pCi/L)
6Fort Knox Engineering & Housing
Ft Knox, KY
42,4001 of 10.65 pCi/L
(0.65 pCi/L)
7Somerset Water Service
Somerset, KY
33,0004 of 60.6 pCi/L
(0 to 1.1 pCi/L)
8Mountain Water Dist #1 Marrow Bone
Pikeville, KY
22,3253 of 30.53 pCi/L
(0.1 to 1.3 pCi/L)
9Cumberland Co Water District
Burkesville, KY
7,5901 of 10.5 pCi/L
(0.5 pCi/L)
10Wickliffe Municipal Water System
Wickliffe, KY
1,8984 of 40.48 pCi/L
(0.1 to 1 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Radium-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
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.0.02 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-228 in Kentucky

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Kentucky