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Gross beta particle activity (pCi/L) in Iowa

Beta particles are a form of radiation frequently associated with nuclear testing and radioactive mineral deposits. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Iowa

2 water utilities reported detecting Gross beta particle activity (pCi/L) in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Gross beta particle activity (pCi/L) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Farmersburg Waterworks
Farmersbur, IA
3001 of 113.1 pCi/L
(13.1 pCi/L)
2Glidden Water Supply
Glidden, IA
1,2531 of 13.5 pCi/L
(3.5 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Gross beta particle activity (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 Gross beta particle activity (pCi/L) in Iowa

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Iowa