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National Drinking Water Database


Wagon Wheel Tenant Coop Utilities - Portsmouth, NH


Serves 88 people

Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium)

Alpha particles are a form of radiation associated with radioactive mining waste pollutants and natural sources.
 
This Drinking Water System
Test Days Exceeding Health GuidelinesDefinition of what this is
16 days
Test Days Exceeding Legal LimitsNumber of days in which the samples taken in that day exceed the Maximum Contaminant Level (Depending on the contaminant and its MCL, that may or may not trigger an MCL violation. Some MCLs are based on averages spanning several months to a year)
16 days
Test DaysNumber of days in which this chemical has reported results in the data we received from the State
16 days
Tests ConductedNumber of individual tests done for this contaminant
26 tests

Testing Summary

ContaminantAverage/
Maximum
Result
Health Limit
Exceeded
Legal Limit
Exceeded

Testing History

-Tested      -Detected      -Over Health Guidelines      -Over Legal Limit*
Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium)Alpha particles are a form of radiation associated with radioactive mining waste pollutants and natural sources.37.35 pCi/L
39.7 pCi/L
Yes
MCLGA 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
Yes
15 pCi/L
NOTE: Each dot in the above graph represents one month.
* Water utilities are noted as exceeding the legal limit if any test is above the maximum contaminant level (MCL). Most MCLs are based on annual averages so exceeding the MCL for one test does not necessarily indicate that the system is out of compliance.

Health Based and Legal Limits for Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium)

Health Based Limits for Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium)

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
One in one million (10-6) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1,000,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0.15 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
One in ten thousand (10-4) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 10,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.15 pCi/L

Testing Results

Testing DateAverage
Result
Samples taken that dayNumber of Non-DetectsRange of Results
2009-04-1535 pCi/L1035 pCi/L
2008-11-1939.7 pCi/L2023.4 to 56 pCi/L
2008-03-31183 pCi/L+10183 pCi/L
2007-12-28280 pCi/L+10280 pCi/L
2007-08-02191.5 pCi/L+20140 to 243 pCi/L
2007-03-20110.5 pCi/L+2053 to 168 pCi/L
2006-12-15150 pCi/L+2090 to 210 pCi/L
2006-06-14290 pCi/L+10290 pCi/L
2006-02-03260 pCi/L+10260 pCi/L
2005-12-20120.5 pCi/L+2010 to 231 pCi/L
2005-09-2883.5 pCi/L+2010 to 157 pCi/L
2005-06-16153.5 pCi/L+2024 to 283 pCi/L
2005-02-17241 pCi/L+10241 pCi/L
2004-12-15112.5 pCi/L+4023 to 247 pCi/L
2004-09-15200 pCi/L+10200 pCi/L
2004-07-06170 pCi/L+10170 pCi/L