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Gross beta particle activity (pCi/L) in Illinois


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

The Most Polluted Communities in Illinois

65 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
(Range)
1Prairie Oaks Ests Homeowners Assn
Coal City, IL
991 of 134.2 pCi/L
(34.2 pCi/L)
2Biggsville
Biggsville, IL
3501 of 129.2 pCi/L
(29.2 pCi/L)
3Channahon
Channahon, IL
5,0941 of 124.1 pCi/L
(24.1 pCi/L)
4Lake Zurich
Lake Zurich, IL
18,9921 of 123 pCi/L
(23 pCi/L)
5Lostant
Lostant, IL
4862 of 220.65 pCi/L
(16.1 to 25.2 pCi/L)
6Reddick
Reddick, IL
2193 of 319.97 pCi/L
(12.7 to 25.5 pCi/L)
7Bushnell
Bushnell, IL
3,3001 of 118.9 pCi/L
(18.9 pCi/L)
8Silvis
Silvis, IL
6,0001 of 118 pCi/L
(18 pCi/L)
9Manhattan
Manhattan, IL
5,7682 of 217.6 pCi/L
(8.1 to 27.1 pCi/L)
10Geneva
Geneva, IL
21,9012 of 216.71 pCi/L
(16.08 to 17.33 pCi/L)

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

StandardDescriptionLevel
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 Illinois

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Illinois