EWG's Tap Water Database



Albany Water Works

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.





Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
201022.0 ppb2222.0 ppb
201120.0 ppb2218.0 ppb - 22.0 ppb
201223.0 ppb2223.0 ppb
201322.0 ppb2222.0 ppb
201421.0 ppb2221.0 ppb
201520.5 ppb2220.0 ppb - 21.0 ppb

ppb = parts per billion.

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 700 ppb

The health guideline of 700 ppb for barium was defined by EWG as benchmark that protects against harm to the kidneys and the cardiovascular system. This health guideline protects against harm to internal organs.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 2,000 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)2,000 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2010-02-23AH2680822.0 ppb
2010-02-23AH2682022.0 ppb
2011-02-15AI0112122.0 ppb
2011-04-05AI1260718.0 ppb
2012-02-212022633-0123.0 ppb
2012-02-212022637-0123.0 ppb
2013-02-193022161-0122.0 ppb
2013-02-193022156-0122.0 ppb
2014-02-254022276-0121.0 ppb
2014-02-254022277-0121.0 ppb
2015-02-245020967-0121.0 ppb
2015-02-245020966-0120.0 ppb