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Alpha particle activity in New Mexico

Alpha particles are a form of radiation released from mining waste pollutants and natural sources. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in New Mexico

51 water utilities reported detecting Alpha particle activity in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Alpha particle activity level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1G and S Water Works
Tucson, NM
671 of 143 pCi/L
(43 pCi/L)
2Los Arboles Mhp
Las Cruces, NM
3301 of 141.5 pCi/L
(41.5 pCi/L)
3Columbus Water System
Columbus, NM
2,0001 of 141 pCi/L
(41 pCi/L)
4High Valley Water Users Association
Vado, NM
711 of 133.85 pCi/L
(33.85 pCi/L)
5Las Colonias Mhp
Rio Rancho, NM
381 of 123.4 pCi/L
(23.4 pCi/L)
6Homestead Water Company
Moriarty, NM
1201 of 120.7 pCi/L
(20.7 pCi/L)
7Route 66 RV & Mhp
Albuquerque, NM
791 of 119.7 pCi/L
(19.7 pCi/L)
8Homestead Landowners Association Inc.
Datil, NM
1001 of 116.4 pCi/L
(16.4 pCi/L)
9Juniper Hills Mhp
Los Alamos, NM
701 of 116.3 pCi/L
(16.3 pCi/L)
10Anthony W&sd
Anthony, NM
7,1251 of 113.6 pCi/L
(13.6 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Alpha particle activity

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.15 pCi/L

Violation Summary for Alpha particle activity in New Mexico

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in New Mexico