Removing Barium from Your Water Supply

Removing Barium from Your Water Supply

Removing Barium from Your Water Supply

A lustrous, machinable metal, barium is an element that exists naturally only in ores that contain mixtures of elements. Used in well-drilling operations, during which barium is released into the ground, the element is also found in a wide variety of common items, such as bleaches, dyes, ceramics, glass, metal alloys, electrical components and fireworks. 

Barium and Your Water Supply

According to the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act, the maximum contaminant level for barium in drinking water is 2 mg/L or 2 ppm. This element may find its way into your water supply in a number of ways, with the most common being the result of discharge from drilling. It may also get into your water supply from metal refinery discharge or from the erosion of natural deposits. To help keep you protected from barium exposure, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) requires all industries that process, manufacture or use a significant about of barium to report their release of the chemical.

Barium and Your Health

A number of symptoms and conditions have been associated with ingesting barium. Some of the short-term effects of barium exposure include changes in heart rhythm, muscle weakness, gastrointestinal problems, difficulty breathing and damage to the liver and other organs. Exposure to barium over a longer period of time may also result in elevated blood pressure. 

To protect yourself from the effects of barium exposure, it is important to test your water regularly in order to ensure all of the levels are at an acceptable level. Reverse osmosis, electrodialysis, ion exchange and lime softening are all methods that may be used to remove barium from your water supply. Contact Pump Service Idaho today to learn more about how to test your water and how to remove any barium that may be present in your water supply!

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