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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Barium

City of Aiken

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.

 

14

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND20ND
2016ND10ND
2017ND50ND

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
2012-04-04AD05439ND
2013-04-24AD22837ND
2014-05-21AD40196ND
2014-05-21AD40198ND
2014-05-21AD40200ND
2014-05-21AD40209ND
2015-05-20AD55699ND
2015-11-09AD65512ND
2016-05-04AD75337ND
2017-07-12AD97139ND
2017-07-12AD97137ND
2017-07-12AD97176ND
2017-07-12AD97143ND
2017-07-13AD97142ND