Waukesha, WI


Waukesha, WI

The City of Waukesha is home to an estimated 72,489 residents, and it’s located in Waukesha County, WI.

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

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

Hazardous Sites near Waukesha, WI

There are four Superfund sites in Waukesha County, WI. Superfund sites, like Muskego Sanitary Landfill in Muskego, 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 Waukesha, WI area, be sure to review the map and background information provided below:


Map Legend:

55133

A. Muskego Sanitary Landfill (HRS Score: 52)

The Muskego Sanitary Landfill site is located in Muskego, WI.

Contaminants found at the Muskego Sanitary Landfill site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
55133

B. Master Disposal Service Landfill (HRS Score: 47)

The Master Disposal Service Landfill site is located in Brookfield, WI.

Contaminants found at the Master Disposal Service Landfill site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Lead
55133

C. Lauer I Sanitary Landfill (HRS Score: 43)

The Lauer I Sanitary Landfill site is located in Menomonee Falls, WI.

Contaminants found at the Lauer I Sanitary Landfill site include:

  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Benzene
55133

D. Waste Management of Wisconsin, Inc. (Brookfield Sanitary Landfill) (HRS Score: 29)

The Waste Management of Wisconsin, Inc. (Brookfield Sanitary Landfill) site is located in Brookfield, WI.

Air Quality in the Waukesha, 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 Waukesha 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 Waukesha, 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 Waukesha 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 Waukesha, WI, you should strongly consider having a radon test performed.

Water Quality in Waukesha, 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 Waukesha County, WI water provider(s) violated the maximum allowable level for one or more regulated contaminants:

Filter ValueWater SystemContaminantHealth Effects
55133ArborsCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133ArborsGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Brookfield Water UtilityCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Brookfield Water UtilityGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Carriage Hills Condominiums1,2-DichloroethaneIncreased risk of cancer 
55133Carriage Hills CondominiumsGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Delafield WaterworksCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Delafield WaterworksGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Eagle WaterworksCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Eagle WaterworksGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Genesee Lake School SouthArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
55133Heaven CityDi(2-Ethylhexyl) PhthalateReproductive difficulties; liver problems; increased risk of cancer 
55133KnollcrestDi(2-Ethylhexyl) PhthalateReproductive difficulties; liver problems; increased risk of cancer 
55133Lake Meadows Water TrustCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Lake Meadows Water TrustGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Menomonee Falls Ww - Surface WaterGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Mukwonago WaterworksCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Mukwonago WaterworksGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133New Berlin Water UtilityCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133New Berlin Water UtilityGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Oakton BeachCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Oakton BeachGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Pewaukee City Water And Sewer UtilityCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Pewaukee City Water And Sewer UtilityGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Pewaukee Village WaterworksCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Pewaukee Village WaterworksGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Squires GroveCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Sussex Village Hall & Water UtilityCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Sussex Village Hall & Water UtilityGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
55133Waukesha Water UtilityCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
55133Waukesha Water UtilityGross 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.

Paul

I’ve moved several times over the years, so I know just how stressful it can be to relocate. I want to help put your mind at ease. That’s why I research and write about all the things I think you should consider when moving to a new town.

Recent Content