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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Barium

NJ American Water - Western

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.

 

36

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND10ND
201420.0 ppb153ND - 100.0 ppb
2015ND10ND
201650.0 ppb21ND - 100.0 ppb
201718.8 ppb163ND - 100.0 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
2012-01-1215777201ND
2013-01-0920691301ND
2014-01-0824566301ND
2014-04-0425405501ND
2014-04-0425402001ND
2014-06-1225400201ND
2014-06-1225403101100.0 ppb
2014-06-1225400401ND
2014-06-1225801801100.0 ppb
2014-06-1225399201ND
2014-06-3025798301ND
2014-06-3025801001ND
2014-07-2425402301ND
2014-07-2925403301ND
2014-07-2925801401ND
2014-07-2925402601ND
2014-08-2026207201100.0 ppb
2015-01-1227863701ND
2016-01-0431135401ND
2016-08-0833098201100.0 ppb
2017-01-0534460001ND
2017-04-1335355001ND
2017-04-1335355201ND
2017-04-1335356001ND
2017-06-2335355801100.0 ppb
2017-06-2335354601ND
2017-06-2335986401100.0 ppb
2017-06-2635349201ND
2017-06-2735991301ND
2017-06-2735990201ND
2017-06-2736533601ND
2017-06-2735352701ND
2017-07-2535352901ND
2017-08-3037194201ND
2017-08-3037194801100.0 ppb
2017-09-0537194501ND