EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE




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
201210.4 ppb12125.00 ppb - 16.0 ppb
201310.8 ppb12126.00 ppb - 24.0 ppb
201413.7 ppb12126.00 ppb - 25.0 ppb
201513.8 ppb12127.00 ppb - 25.0 ppb
201614.3 ppb12127.00 ppb - 24.0 ppb
201712.8 ppb669.00 ppb - 19.0 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