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Gross beta particle activity (pCi/L) in Massachusetts

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

The Most Polluted Communities in Massachusetts

42 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
1Burlington Water Dept
Burlington, MA
23,3015 of 532.64 pCi/L
(12 to 44 pCi/L)
2Holliston Water Department
Holliston, MA
14,8201 of 127.72 pCi/L
(27.72 pCi/L)
3Stafford Heights Apartments
Charlton, MA
802 of 224.15 pCi/L
(21.2 to 27.1 pCi/L)
4Walpole Water Dept
24,0613 of 322 pCi/L
(21 to 23 pCi/L)
5Norfolk Water Department
6,1754 of 420.5 pCi/L
(18 to 22 pCi/L)
6Wrentham Water Division
West Wrentham, MA
8,6521 of 117 pCi/L
(17 pCi/L)
7Staffordshire Country Estates
Leicester, MA
1201 of 115.9 pCi/L
(15.9 pCi/L)
8Hillcrest Water District
Leicester, MA
1,5003 of 315.87 pCi/L
(12.92 to 18.6 pCi/L)
9Leicester Water Supply District
Leicester, MA
3,3005 of 513.22 pCi/L
(9.32 to 18.7 pCi/L)
10Lake Grove School
Wendell, MA
1252 of 212.65 pCi/L
(6.3 to 19 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 Massachusetts

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Massachusetts