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Strontium

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Strontium is a metal that accumulates in the bones. Radioactive strontium-90 can cause bone cancer and leukemia, and any form of strontium at high doses can harm bone health.

2010-2015:

FOUND
FOUND ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES

50

states detected

10,950

utilities detected

260 million

people served

21

states over health guideline

244

utilities over health guideline

5.1 million

people served over health guideline

Health concerns for strontium

Harm to bones

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 1,500 ppb

The health guideline of 1,500 ppb for strontium was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a benchmark for testing under the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule program. This health guideline protects against harm to bones.

ppb = parts per billion.

States reporting strontium in drinking water

UTILITIES REPORTING ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served UtilitiesPeople Served
California343,30155238,021,261
Texas381,055,3791,03121,598,844
New York0035219,492,825
Florida332,226,15740118,570,419
Illinois67371,6121,07512,359,890
Ohio14195,0473959,173,564
Pennsylvania532,9033299,045,667
New Jersey1233,3762368,440,174
Georgia002627,706,032
North Carolina004917,245,206
Massachusetts002136,336,434
Michigan002606,254,227
Tennessee422,9302456,136,981
Virginia001676,015,440
Arizona17269,0321545,617,966
Washington002645,261,133
Alabama212,0033164,990,011
Maryland00584,977,204
Colorado001954,976,660
Minnesota128,6058854,314,387
Kentucky002664,267,521
Missouri114,1801944,072,153
Indiana11105,5071923,901,206
Louisiana001593,449,547
South Carolina002083,320,071
Wisconsin11223,2531102,999,480
Oregon001042,924,154
Oklahoma311,5623052,738,047
Connecticut00742,526,971
Utah00862,484,903
Nevada118,000242,426,961
Kansas423,3031562,161,008
Iowa584,6322221,950,730
Arkansas002081,888,125
New Mexico9157,715531,414,693
Mississippi29,269921,397,118
Hawaii00271,347,777
Nebraska00341,165,773
West Virginia00103974,950
Rhode Island0037964,336
Idaho0028850,729
Delaware0017692,330
District Of Columbia005664,572
New Hampshire0047600,753
South Dakota160110476,092
Alaska0024434,367
North Dakota0035417,061
Maine0021416,576
Montana0043390,028
Wyoming0048274,235
Vermont0037232,664
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Utilities with the highest amounts of strontium, 2010-2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Kaukauna UtilitiesKaukauna, WI12 of 1222,113.4 ppb13,430
Germantown Water UtilityGermantown, WI16 of 1620,529.0 ppb15,864
Wrightstown WaterworksWrightstown, WI8 of 820,367.8 ppb2,830
Waukesha Water UtilityWaukesha, WI16 of 1619,576.2 ppb70,718
Brookfield Water UtilityBrookfield, WI44 of 4416,797.5 ppb29,070
Sussex Village Hall & Water UtilitySussex, WI1 of 116,000.0 ppb10,573
Goforth SUDNiederwald, TX24 of 2414,920.7 ppb15,612
Oatman Water CompanyScottsdale, AZ4 of 411,750.0 ppb536
Little Chute WaterworksLittle Chute, WI12 of 1210,891.7 ppb11,040
Aqua Ohio - Lake DarbyWesterville, OH1 of 19,145.0 ppb4,557
Fond Du Lac WaterworksFond Du Lac, WI19 of 198,771.5 ppb42,000
Aqua Ohio - TiffinTiffin, OH10 of 108,485.5 ppb17,963
Menomonee Falls WW - GroundwaterMenomonee Falls, WI3 of 38,275.9 ppb1,796
Heiden Gardens CondosLake Bluff, IL1 of 17,790.0 ppb264
Whispering Lakes Water System Inc.*Lake Bluff, IL2 of 27,565.0 ppb375
City of Kyle*Kyle, TX24 of 246,429.6 ppb25,443
Little Manatee Springs Mobile Home ParkWimauma, FL4 of 46,021.1 ppb530
The Preserve At Long GroveRolling Meadows, IL2 of 25,815.0 ppb201
Darboy Sanitary District 1Appleton, WI8 of 85,654.2 ppb12,000
Pluris-South Gate UtilitiesSarasota, FL4 of 45,437.5 ppb15,897
Bryan Municipal UtilitiesBryan, OH4 of 45,220.4 ppb8,545
Wapakoneta CityWapakoneta, OH6 of 65,166.7 ppb10,867
N.A.S. JacksonvilleJacksonville, FL4 of 45,149.3 ppb22,000
Nevada Village Public Water SystemNevada, OH4 of 44,863.5 ppb749
St Marys CitySt. Marys, OH4 of 44,787.5 ppb10,001
Volo*Volo, IL2 of 24,765.0 ppb25
BradfordBradford, IL3 of 34,613.3 ppb810
Valencia Water Company Town DivisionBuckeye, AZ15 of 154,360.0 ppb5,068
Ruidoso Water SystemRuidoso, NM32 of 324,229.1 ppb30,000
Aqua Ohio - MarionMarion, OH10 of 104,164.7 ppb41,925

* This water utility supplies finished drinking water to at least one other water utility. The purchasing utility is not required to test for or report Strontium, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

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UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Kaukauna UtilitiesKaukauna, WI12 of 1222,113.4 ppb13,430
Germantown Water UtilityGermantown, WI16 of 1620,529.0 ppb15,864
Waukesha Water UtilityWaukesha, WI16 of 1619,576.2 ppb70,718
Brookfield Water UtilityBrookfield, WI44 of 4416,797.5 ppb29,070
Sussex Village Hall & Water UtilitySussex, WI1 of 116,000.0 ppb10,573
Goforth SUDNiederwald, TX24 of 2414,920.7 ppb15,612
Little Chute WaterworksLittle Chute, WI12 of 1210,891.7 ppb11,040
Fond Du Lac WaterworksFond Du Lac, WI19 of 198,771.5 ppb42,000
Aqua Ohio - TiffinTiffin, OH10 of 108,485.5 ppb17,963
City of Kyle*Kyle, TX24 of 246,429.6 ppb25,443
Darboy Sanitary District 1Appleton, WI8 of 85,654.2 ppb12,000
Pluris-South Gate UtilitiesSarasota, FL4 of 45,437.5 ppb15,897
Wapakoneta CityWapakoneta, OH6 of 65,166.7 ppb10,867
N.A.S. JacksonvilleJacksonville, FL4 of 45,149.3 ppb22,000
St Marys CitySt. Marys, OH4 of 44,787.5 ppb10,001
Ruidoso Water SystemRuidoso, NM32 of 324,229.1 ppb30,000
Aqua Ohio - MarionMarion, OH10 of 104,164.7 ppb41,925
JacksonJackson, MO8 of 84,118.8 ppb14,180
Northwest Utilities WTPSt. Augustine, FL4 of 44,073.2 ppb18,435
Auburn Water DepartmentAuburn, IN8 of 84,012.5 ppb12,500
Huntington Water DepartmentHuntington, IN4 of 43,850.0 ppb17,300
Bermuda Water Company Inc*Bullhead City, AZ28 of 283,564.3 ppb18,000
Marysville City PWS*Marysville, OH8 of 83,535.2 ppb22,800
Sarasota County Special Utility District*Sarasota, FL16 of 163,471.3 ppb171,009
City of MidlandMidland, TX12 of 123,183.3 ppb119,385
City of Cape Coral*Cape Coral, FL8 of 83,075.0 ppb128,669
City of Punta GordaPunta Gorda, FL8 of 82,906.3 ppb29,561
Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA Major Grid)*Jacksonville, FL104 of 1042,833.6 ppb703,938
City of Alamo*Alamo, TX7 of 72,782.9 ppb18,363
City of Lynn Haven Water SystemLynn Haven, FL16 of 162,774.2 ppb16,219

* This water utility supplies finished drinking water to at least one other water utility. The purchasing utility is not required to test for or report Strontium, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

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