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Barium (total) in Illinois


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 Illinois

1,207 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)
1Volo
Volo, IL
251 of 12300 ppb
(2300 ppb)
2Seaton
Seaton, IL
22521 of 212200.28 ppb
(1498.8 to 2660 ppb)
3Sycamore
Sycamore, IL
14,0007 of 71658.43 ppb
(530 to 3600 ppb)
4Hampshire
Hampshire, IL
2,9998 of 81632.75 ppb
(300 to 4050 ppb)
5Wynstone Water Company
North Barrington, IL
1,42822 of 221617.86 ppb
(52 to 2500 ppb)
6Lakewood
Lakewood, IL
1,24525 of 251414.67 ppb
(10.3 to 2400 ppb)
7Great Oaks and Beacon Hills Apartments
Farmington Hills, IL
1,8162 of 21400 ppb
(1400 ppb)
8Shannon
Shannon, IL
7582 of 21340 ppb
(1300 to 1380 ppb)
9Utl Inc-Coventry Creek Subdivision
Northbrook, IL
38822 of 221273.18 ppb
(1000 to 1400 ppb)
10Suburban Heights Subdivision
Milan, IL
822 of 21239 ppb
(1178 to 1300 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 Illinois

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly8
Over maximum contaminant level, Average5