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National Drinking Water Database


Radium-228 in South Carolina


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

The Most Polluted Communities in South Carolina

56 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)
1Ussc/Purdy Shores
West Columbia, SC
2427 of 74.48 pCi/L
(2.45 to 9.35 pCi/L)
2College Acres Public W/D
Aiken, SC
1,3504 of 41.4 pCi/L
(1 to 1.8 pCi/L)
3South Island PSD
Hilton Head, SC
23,9863 of 71.36 pCi/L
(0 to 4.7 pCi/L)
4Talatha W/D
Aiken, SC
1,5534 of 41.15 pCi/L
(0.77 to 1.45 pCi/L)
5Allendale Ind Pk
Allendale, SC
3,0001 of 11 pCi/L
(1 pCi/L)
6Town of Jackson
Jackson, SC
6,2108 of 121 pCi/L
(0 to 2 pCi/L)
7Town of Monetta
Monetta, SC
1,0003 of 30.93 pCi/L
(0.3 to 2.1 pCi/L)
8Burnettown W/D
Bath, SC
1,1585 of 60.93 pCi/L
(0 to 1.5 pCi/L)
9Breezy Hill W/D
Graniteville, SC
10,8615 of 60.87 pCi/L
(0 to 1.45 pCi/L)
10Oakhill S/D
Aiken, SC
2353 of 40.75 pCi/L
(0 to 1.7 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 South Carolina

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in South Carolina