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Barium

What is barium?

Barium is a chemical that is used in various forms in drilling, medical testing and can also be used as a rat poison.

How does barium get into my drinking water?

Barium can seep into the water supply through discharge of industrial wastes, particularly from metal refining processes.

What are the health effects of barium?

Barium can cause an increase in blood pressure, and damage the liver and kidneys.