Over the past week, the national news media has covered an important topic for water drinkers everywhere – contamination of drinking water supplies with hexavalent chromium (a.k.a. Chromium VI), which was the subject cancer-causing contaminant in the 2000 file “Erin Brockovich.”
In today’s edition of The Morning Call, information on a recent study was published showing cities across the country that have tested positive for Chromium VI in their public drinking water. The problem for public water utilities is that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not yet established standards for Chromium VI or provided guidance to water utilities on what level is safe for human consumption, so many water utilities do not treat for it, if it is found in their water.
However, here in LCA’s service area, we are blessed with a high-quality source of drinking water that does NOT contain Chromium. Like all water utilities in Pennsylvania, LCA faces a rigorous schedule of lab testing on our drinking water for a variety of contaminants including bacteria, radiological contaminants, volatile organic comounds, and inorganic contaminants like Chromium. Should the public’s health ever be threatened by a contaminant with known health effects, you would be notified through our automated phone dialing system and the local news media. If you have any questions about this important topic, however, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
For more info on the Chromium VI national scene, here’s The Morning Call’s news coverage, or you can do a search online for “Chromium VI” to find more national coverage of this issue.