Removing Barium from Your Well Water

Removing Barium from Your Well Water

Removing Barium from Your Well Water

Barium in your drinking water can lead to a number of health issues. In fact, consuming barium in your drinking water over a period of time can lead to an increase in blood pressure. In addition, there are a number of short-term effects associated with barium exposure. Some of these include muscle weakness, changes in heart rhythm, difficulty breathing, gastrointestinal problems and liver damage.

Where is Barium Found?

Barium is a lustrous, machinable meal that is used to make a number of items, such as bleaches, ceramics, dyes, electronic components, fireworks, glass and metal alloys. It also exists naturally in ores that contain mixtures of elements and is frequently used in well drilling operations, which causes the barium to be released into the ground.

How Does Barium Get in Drinking Water?

Barium can get in drinking water through the drilling process, but may also get in water as it is discharged from metal refineries. In some cases, it can also get in drinking water through the erosion of natural deposits. The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) requires drilling companies and metal refineries to report on the barium that is released each year. In addition, the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act regulates barium, with the maxim contaminant level being set at 2 mg/L or 2 ppm.

How Can I Keep My Water Free From Barium?

To ensure your drinking water is free from Barium, you should have your water tested on a regular basis. If barium is in your water, you have a few options for removing it. These include ion exchange, reverse osmosis, lime softening and electrodialysis. To learn more about testing your water for barium and getting it removed from your drinking water, contact Pump Service Idaho today! We will be happy to help you explore your options to choose the one that is right for you.

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