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Barium (total) in Florida


Barium is a mineral that enters drinking water through drilling and mining waste runoff, discharges from chemical industries and erosion of natural deposits. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Florida

1,441 water utilities reported detecting Barium (total) in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Barium (total) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Santa FE Hills Subdivision
Alachua, FL
2001 of 12000 ppb
(2000 ppb)
2Spanish Lakes Country Club Village
Fort Pierce, FL
2,3311 of 12000 ppb
(2000 ppb)
3Indiantown Company Inc.
Indiantown, FL
5,0002 of 21013.3 ppb
(26.6 to 2000 ppb)
4North Lake Meadow Water System
Tallahassee, FL
2241 of 1870 ppb
(870 ppb)
5St. Johns County Utilities-Ponte Vedra
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
17,0002 of 2519.5 ppb
(27 to 1012 ppb)
6New River Ranch & RV Resort
River Ranch, FL
2,1001 of 1360 ppb
(360 ppb)
7Okeechobee Utility Authority
Okeechobee, FL
20,0007 of 7315.43 ppb
(21 to 2000 ppb)
8Northeast
Davenport, FL
61,0705 of 10212.07 ppb
(0 to 2000 ppb)
9Okaloosa Co Wtr & Swr West
Fort Walton Beach, FL
11,9912 of 2200 ppb
(193.33 to 206.67 ppb)
10Town of Mary Esther
Mary Esther, FL
4,0361 of 2189.83 ppb
(0 to 379.67 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Barium (total)

StandardDescriptionLevel
Children's health-based limit for 1-day exposureConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects for up to one day of exposure. The One-Day health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is typically set to protect a 10-kg child consuming 1 liter of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.700 ppb
Children's health-based limit for 10-day exposureConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic effects for up to ten days of exposure. The Ten-Day health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is typically set to protect a 10-kg child consuming 1 liter of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.700 ppb
EPA Human Health Water Quality CriteriaWater quality criteria set by the US EPA provide guidance for states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to protect human health. These are non-enforceable standards based upon exposure by both drinking water and the contribution of water contamination to other consumed foods. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.1000 ppb
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.2000 ppb
Maximum Contaminant Limit Goal (MCLG)A non-enforceable health goal that is set at a level at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health of persons occurs and which allows an adequate margin of safety. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.2000 ppb
California Public Health GoalsDefined by the State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) as the level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. For acutely toxic substances, levels are set at which scientific evidence indicates that no known or anticipated adverse effects on health will occur, plus an adequate margin-of safety. PHGs for carcinogens or other substances which can cause chronic disease shall be based solely on health effects without regard to cost impacts and shall be set at levels which OEHHA has determined do not pose any significant risk to health.2000 ppb
Drinking Water Equivalent LevelA lifetime exposure concentration protective of adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects, that assumes all of the exposure to a contaminant is from drinking water. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.7000 ppb

Violation Summary for Barium (total) in Florida

Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes the following violations of federal standards in Florida since 2004

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly2