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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Barium

Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells WD

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.

 

22

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2013N/A00N/A
20149.00 ppb228.00 ppb - 10.00 ppb
20156.50 ppb665.00 ppb - 8.00 ppb
2016ND40ND
2017ND30ND
2018ND20ND
20191.20 ppb51ND - 6.00 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
2014-07-0810.00 ppb
2014-07-088.00 ppb
2015-02-262150204375.00 ppb
2015-06-172150605898.00 ppb
2015-06-17215060569.018.00 ppb
2015-07-092150702716.00 ppb
2015-07-282150708205.00 ppb
2015-07-302150709127.00 ppb
2016-05-31216051144ND
2016-06-08216060334ND
2016-07-06216070153.01ND
2016-07-14216070567ND
2017-02-14217020284.01ND
2017-05-02217050118.01ND
2017-07-11217070269.01ND
2018-05-03218050151.01ND
2018-06-19218060807.01ND
2019-01-24219010661.016.00 ppb
2019-05-21219050941.01ND
2019-07-10219070287.01ND
2019-07-10219070287.02ND
2019-07-10219070287.03ND