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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Barium

Prestonsburg City Utilities

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.

 

6

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
201250.0 ppb1150.0 ppb
2013ND10ND
2014ND10ND
201543.0 ppb1143.0 ppb
201630.0 ppb1130.0 ppb
201744.0 ppb1144.0 ppb

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
2012-04-0320120394200150.0 ppb
2013-04-02201304246001ND
2014-04-01201404711001ND
2015-04-0720150419900143.0 ppb
2016-04-1220160501900130.0 ppb
2017-04-0420170481200144.0 ppb