Chromium VI in public water

Discussion in 'Water Filtering & Storage' started by GatorDude, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. GatorDude

    GatorDude Well-Known Member

    This scary study of Chromium VI in public water supplies was recently released by environmental scientists. Reverse Osmosis water filtration systems seem to be the only defense against this carcinogen.

    Chromium VI Contaminates Many City Water Supplies

  2. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

    Found another link with some more information (I was looking for information about Chromium-6 in Canada) and found from this link the names of the top-10 cities that are contaminated:

    1. Norman, Oklahoma
    2. Honolulu, Hawaii
    3. Riverside, California
    4. Madison, Wisconsin
    5. San Jose, California
    6. Tallahassee, Florida
    7. Omaha, Nebraska
    8. Albuquerque, New Mexico
    9. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    10. Bend, Oregon

    ... and still needing to search for cities in Canada that could be contaminated. I wanna know if I am at some kind of risk ... ya know what I mean?

  3. GatorDude

    GatorDude Well-Known Member

    Heck yeah! I'm very concerned since my city has almost the same level of chromium-6 that was found in the Erin Brockovich case out in Hinckley, California.:eek:

    It may be difficult to find statistics on Canada. According to this study, 89% of the cities surveyed by this environmental scientist group had Chromium-6 contamination above the maximum levels recommended by the California EPA. The U.S. national EPA does not regulate the amount of Chromium-6. The researchers are trying to get the U.S. EPA to set a national standard.

    Homeowners can protect themselves by installing a reverse osmosis filtration system. However, the gear is pretty bulky and costs a couple of hundred dollars. I hope this is something that the water officials can address quickly.
  4. SurviveNthrive

    SurviveNthrive a dude

    Yet another reason to buy bottled water in some places.
  5. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

    If contaminant levels are found to be consistently above the MCL, your water supplier must take steps to reduce the amount of chromium so that it is consistently below that level. The following treatment methods have been approved by EPA for removing chromium: Coagulation/Filtration, Ion Exchange, Reverse Osmosis, Lime Softening.

    Chromium- Drinking Water Contaminants, Facts/Removal Methods
  6. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

    except for the fact that the bottled water companies are actually LESS regulated than tapwater sources... they don't have to follow the SDWA (Safe Drinking Water Act) :eek:

    oh, it gets BETTER :rolleyes: :surrender: :ignore:

    A draft of a soon-to-be-released federal report shows radiation in Houston’s drinking water is much more widespread than city leaders previously disclosed to the public.

    I-Team: Draft of federal report finds radiation widespread in Houston water | | Local News