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Barium (total) in Indiana


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 Indiana

636 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)
1Marshall Water Works
Marshall, IN
37812 of 122522.41 ppb
(1363.14 to 3247.5 ppb)
2Goodland Water Works
Goodland, IN
1,0002 of 21222 ppb
(1059 to 1385 ppb)
3East 40 Mobile Home Park
New Palestine, IN
581 of 1904 ppb
(904 ppb)
4Danville Water Works
Danville, IN
7,0002 of 2861 ppb
(801 to 921 ppb)
5Heritage Park Apartments
Wheatfield, IN
653 of 3833.38 ppb
(630.14 to 1020 ppb)
6Blue Ridge Mobile Home Park
Churubusco, IN
2502 of 3798.53 ppb
(0 to 2390 ppb)
7Perrysville Water Works
Perrysville, IN
5023 of 3773.33 ppb
(740 to 800 ppb)
8Staunton Municipal Water
Staunton, IN
5501 of 1747 ppb
(747 ppb)
9Jamestown Municipal Water
Jamestown, IN
8632 of 2682.5 ppb
(675 to 690 ppb)
10Sti-Bel Mobile Home Park
Clayton, IN
251 of 1668 ppb
(668 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 Indiana

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly47
Over maximum contaminant level, Average12