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Alpha particle activity in Texas


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

The Most Polluted Communities in Texas

1,638 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
(Range)
1City of Roaring Springs
Roaring Springs, TX
2901 of 144 pCi/L
(44 pCi/L)
2Upton County Wcid 1 Rankin
Rankin, TX
251 of 140.2 pCi/L
(40.2 pCi/L)
3Valley Estates
Lubbock, TX
702 of 237.35 pCi/L
(37.2 to 37.5 pCi/L)
4Harris County Mud 238
Houston, TX
2,3041 of 136.3 pCi/L
(36.3 pCi/L)
5Jim Wells County Fwsd 1
Ben Bolt, TX
1,5571 of 135.9 pCi/L
(35.9 pCi/L)
6Bigfoot Wsc
Bigfoot, TX
3543 of 335.33 pCi/L
(25.2 to 41 pCi/L)
7City of Rankin
Rankin, TX
8001 of 135.2 pCi/L
(35.2 pCi/L)
8White Tail Ridge Lakes Estates
Livingston, TX
24310 of 1035.08 pCi/L
(27.9 to 40.3 pCi/L)
9Vista Verde Water Systems Inc
Odessa, TX
395 of 534.5 pCi/L
(32.3 to 38 pCi/L)
10Deer Country Water System
Llano, TX
631 of 134 pCi/L
(34 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Alpha particle activity

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
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 Texas

Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes the following violations of federal standards in Texas since 2004

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Over maximum contaminant level, Average34