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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Barium

Griffin

Barium is a mineral present in rocks, soil and water. High concentrations of barium in drinking water increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension.

 

12

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND20ND
2015ND20ND
2016ND20ND
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 700 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 700 ppb for barium was defined by EWG as benchmark that protects against harm to the kidneys and the cardiovascular system.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 2,000 ppb

The legal limit for barium, established in 1991, was based on a 10-week study of barium exposure in 11 adult male volunteers. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-05-08AH61154ND
2012-05-15AH64675ND
2013-06-12AI03634ND
2013-07-10AI06099ND
2014-02-25AI28735ND
2014-02-25AI28627ND
2015-01-27AI63626ND
2015-02-10AI64715ND
2016-01-27AJ05145ND
2016-02-08AJ06091ND
2017-02-09AJ46223ND
2017-02-13AJ46346ND