A recent report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has raised concerns over the levels of Hexavalent chromium in San Diego drinking water. Although it’s within the legal limits, the chromium is at higher levels than it should be, and there are some worries over the possible health implications. However, San Diego isn’t alone in its concerns as according to the EWG, two thirds of tap water in the United States is exposed to high levels of the chemical.
What Is Hexavalent Chromium?
If you have seen the Erin Brockovich movie, you should be familiar with Hexavalent chromium. Hexavalent chromium or Chromium 6 is a known carcinogen; it has been associated with lung cancer when the substance has been inhaled. However, there is also a suggestion it could cause stomach cancer or liver problems as well as other health issues when it’s absorbed in the form of tap water.
Concerns Over Hexavalent Chromium
Commenting on the EWG report, campaigner Erin Brockovich said:
“Houston, we have a problem. More than 20 years ago, we learned that this dangerous chemical poisoned the tap water of California communities, and now these tests and EWG’s report show that roughly 218 million Americans are being served drinking water polluted with potentially dangerous levels of this known carcinogen”.
Should you be worried? Maybe. Research on rats and mice has shown that Chromium 6 has the potential to cause cancer in rats and mice, but the risks of the chemical in tap water are being described by some officials as ‘negligible’. Nevertheless, the report could still leave a question mark in some consumers’ minds regarding the safety of San Diego water. Also, it’s right that the public are aware of the levels Chromium 6 so they can make their own decisions over whether they feel theit tap water is fit to drink.
Drinking Safe Water
If you’re concerned over the potential contaminants in tap water, you might want to make the switch to bottled water. This way you’ll be assured of the purity and you won’t need to be concerned over contaminants or water quality. You could even choose a bottled water delivery service to make sure there is always a fresh supply.
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