Beaver Dam, WI


Beaver Dam, WI

The City of Beaver Dam is home to an estimated 16,369 residents, and it’s located in Dodge County, WI.

This report will help you become better acquainted with Beaver Dam and the surrounding area by addressing the following questions:

  • Are there any hazardous sites in Dodge County, WI?
  • How clean is the air in Dodge County, WI?
  • What’s the average radon level for homes in Dodge County, WI?
  • Is the water in Dodge County, WI safe to drink?

Hazardous Sites near Beaver Dam, WI

There are two Superfund sites in Dodge County, WI. Superfund sites, like Hechimovich Sanitary Landfill in Williamstown, WI, are areas that have been contaminated with hazardous substances. If not for the cleanup efforts orchestrated by the EPA, these sites could endanger people living in nearby communities.

The EPA uses the Hazardous Ranking System (HRS) to quantify the risk a contaminated site poses to human health and the environment. Sites assigned HRS scores of 28.5 or greater qualify for placement on the National Priorities List (NPL), and are eligible to receive federal funding for cleanup efforts.

Before the EPA deletes a site from the NPL, it conducts reviews to ensure the cleanup was sufficient. As a result, some sites remain on the active site list long after cleanup activities are complete.

For more information about the Superfund sites located in the Beaver Dam, WI area, be sure to review the map and background information provided below:


Map Legend:

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A. Hechimovich Sanitary Landfill (HRS Score: 48)

The Hechimovich Sanitary Landfill site is located in Williamstown, WI.

Contaminants found at the Hechimovich Sanitary Landfill site include:

  • Trichloroethane (Mixed Isomers)
  • Chloroethene (Vinyl Chloride)
  • 1,2-Dichloroethane
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B. Oconomowoc Electroplating Co., Inc. (HRS Score: 32)

The Oconomowoc Electroplating Co., Inc. site, industrial facility that used metals, chemicals and organic compounds in its production process, is located in Ashippun, WI.

Contaminants found at the Oconomowoc Electroplating Co., Inc. site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Cyanide
  • Lead

Air Quality in the Beaver Dam, WI Area

The two most widespread forms of air pollution are ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot). Exposure to these harmful pollutants, for even just a short period, can have adverse effects on your health.

Thanks to data collected by air monitoring equipment located across the country, the American Lung Association (ALA) is able to assess and track our air quality using three metrics:

  • Ozone
  • Short-term Particle Pollution
  • Year-round Particle Pollution

In their 2019 annual report, the ALA rated the air quality in Dodge County, WI as follows:

Ground-Level
Ozone Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Short-Term
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Year-Round
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

Radon Levels in Beaver Dam, WI Area

Air quality inside your home can be impacted by a number of factors, including the presence of hazardous substances in building materials (asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, etc.) and local radon levels.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas you cannot see or smell. It can build up inside your home and negatively impact your indoor air quality as well as your health.

To provide a guideline, the EPA assigned one of three zones to each U.S. county and county equivalent:

  • Zone 1 (higher radon levels)
  • Zone 2 (moderate levels)
  • Zone 3 (lower levels)

The average indoor radon reading in Dodge County, WI is predicted to be higher than 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), so the county has been assigned EPA Radon Zone 1.

EPA Radon Zone

The EPA Recommends acting to reduce your home's radon level if it's measured at 4 pCi/L or greater. So, if you're thinking about purchasing a home in Beaver Dam, WI, you should strongly consider having a radon test performed.

Water Quality in Beaver Dam, WI Area

In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the EPA sets regulatory limits for drinking water contaminants known to cause adverse health effects.

The following Dodge County, WI water provider(s) violated the maximum allowable level for one or more regulated contaminants:

Filter ValueWater SystemContaminantHealth Effects
55027Breezy Point MHP 1Nitrate-NitriteInfants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the MCL could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue-baby syndrome.; Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrite in excess of the MCL could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue-baby syndrome.
55027Brownsville WaterworksCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55027Brownsville WaterworksGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55027Hidden Meadows Wells 2 & 4ArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
55027Hidden Meadows Wells 2 & 4Combined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55027Hidden Meadows Wells 2 & 4Gross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55027Hustisford WaterworksCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55027Hustisford WaterworksGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55027Leroy Sanitary District 1Combined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55027Lomira WaterworksCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55027Lomira WaterworksGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55027Marshview TerraceCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55027Marshview TerraceGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55027Mayville WaterworksCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55027North Hills MHPCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55027North Hills MHPGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer

In addition to setting enforceable standards for harmful contaminants, the EPA also established guidelines to assist public water providers in managing the taste, odor and color of their drinking water.

To find out more about what’s in your drinking water, contact your utility company and request a copy of the latest Consumer Confidence Report.


Sources and Methods

Hazardous Sites: Identified using a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous sites detailed on trendingtowns.com represent sites contained on the National Priorities List (NPL) as of November 25, 2019.  The NPL is the list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories.  All site-related data was sourced from the EPA.

Air Quality: Grades for ozone, short-term particle pollution, and year-round particle pollution were obtained from State of the Air 2019, a report compiled by the American Lung Association.

Radon Zones: Radon zone designations were obtained using a public use dataset provided by the EPA (September 11, 2019).

Water Quality: Drinking water violation data was sourced from the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS), a public use database provided by the EPA.  The dataset included violations submitted to the database as of the third quarter of 2019.

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