EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE



Quincy Water Department (MWRA)

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
20147.09 ppb885.80 ppb - 9.00 ppb
20157.24 ppb885.80 ppb - 9.00 ppb
20167.09 ppb885.70 ppb - 9.00 ppb
20177.13 ppb885.50 ppb - 10.00 ppb
20188.35 ppb885.90 ppb - 11.0 ppb
20198.26 ppb885.50 ppb - 11.0 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 Result