Barium in Water


Source of Barium in Water: Barium (Ba) is a naturally occurring alkaline metal found primarily in the Midwest of the United States. Traces of barium are found in surface and groundwater. Barium in water can also be found in oil and gas drilling muds, waste from coal-fired power plants, jet fuels, and automotive paints. It is used in a wide variety of industries including the production of electrical components, bleaches, dyes, and fireworks. Barium in drinking water can be highly toxic; the current maximum contaminant levels set by the EPA for levels of barium in tap water is 2.0 mg/L. Barium can get into drinking water through improper waste disposal or erosion of natural deposits. 

Symptoms of Barium: Barium in water has no smell or taste. If you suspect its presence in your water source, you should get your water professionally tested. High levels of barium in drinking water can cause increased blood pressure and may lead to cardiovascular disease. Barium in drinking water can also cause stomach and intestinal discomfort. In some studies it has also been found to cause kidney damage. 

Filtration Solutions for Barium: The best option for removing barium and other contaminants from drinking water is a Water Softener featuring ion exchange. Typically, water softeners use ion exchange to remove many contaminants, including barium. If you would like help picking the perfect water filtration system for your home, please contact our customer service agents at 1-877-335-3339.