Over the past week there has been a lot of press and talk about hexavalent chromium water contamination. The recent report by Environmental Working Group found high levels of Chromium 6 in 31 of 35 major cities drinking water supply. What does this mean for people and business? Let’s take a look at the what, why, who, and how about Chromium 6 water contamination.
Chromium 6 Water Contamination Updates: Updated 1-6-2011 There have been recent updates and movement by government officials about chromium 6 in our tap water. We will keep you up to date about what officals are doing to protect our drinking water supplies.
- United States Senators Boxer and Feinstein Call on EPA to Address Chromium 6 Contamination in Drinking Water. 12-21-2010
- Head of the EPA likely tighten drinking water standards to address carcinogen hexavalent chromium detected in the tap water of 31 cities. 1-6-2011
What is hexavalent chromium (Chromium 6)?
Chromium is a chemical element that has the periodic symbol of Cr, and is the 21st most abundant element in the Earth’s crust. Chromium has proven to be a very beneficial element in the construction and manufacturing process of many things. For example a major development in the manufacturing of steel was to add chromium. By adding this element to steel it helped make resistant to corrosion, discoloration, and hardened it to form stainless steel. A few other industries that commonly use hexavalent chromium in their manufacturing process include the tanning of leather, and in the creating of dyes and pigments because of its unique properties.
Why Chromium 6 is a problem in tap water?
There are many trace elements and chemicals in our water supply, but since the science was not available, when the EPA drinking water standards were created, no regulations are in place Chromium 6 in water supplies. What are issues with chromium 6 getting into our bodies? “Hexavalent chromium compounds are genotoxic carcinogens. Chronic inhalation of hexavalent chromium compounds increases risk of lung cancer (lungs are especially vulnerable, followed by fine capillaries in kidneys and intestine). According to some researchers, the damage is caused by hydroxyl radicals, produced during reoxidation of pentavalent chromium by hydrogen peroxide molecules present in the cell” (Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexavalent_chromium )
Who is most affected by the news of high levels of Chromium in Tap Water?
On Monday December 20th, the Environmental Working Group released a report indicating that hexavalent chromium has leached into the ground waters, from which millions of Americans regularly use for drinking, cooking and bathing. This water pollutant, hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, is an odorless and tasteless chemical that was made famous in the film "Erin Brockovich".
In this most recent study by the Environmental Working Group, drinking water samples were taken from 35 U.S. cities and a shocking 31 cities were found to have high levels of hexavalent chromium water contamination. The highest concentrations of chromium-6 were found in Norman, OK, Honolulu HI, and Riverside, CA. We have started a petition to be directly sent to Government officials. If you want to see change please help us make or water supplies safe by sending a message to the EPA. We have started a petition to be directly sent to Government officials. If you want to see change please help us make or water supplies safe by sending a message to the EPA.
How do you Filter Hexavalent Chromium from your Tap Water?
If you are concerned about chromium in your drinking water, the FDA recommends installing a home water filtration system that has been certified to remove chromium-6 (hexvalent chromium). Look for NSF and the Water Quality Association certified reverse osmosis systems and water distillers.
Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration Systems: these systems are one of the most common treatment methods for household drinking water because of its ability to remove a wide variety of water contaminates. RO systems have proven to be one of the most effective water filtration systems to reduce hexavalent chromium. Reverse Osmosis systems are approved by the EPA for removing chromium from drinking water. Currently reverse osmosis drinking water systems are on Sale and starts at $167.00
Home Water Distillers: Home or countertop water distillation systems offer 99.9% pure water by removing unwanted and harmful water contaminates more effectively than other water purification systems that are currently on the market. Operation is simple, and has a low cost because there are no filters or other components that require frequent changes. FreshWaterSystems.com offers water distiller systems that start at $289, and for a limited time many models offer Free Shipping.
Reverse Osmosis Filters: If you live in an area that has been identified as having high levels of chromium and you already own a reverse osmosis system, the most important thing you can do is to remember to change your filters. Depending on your system, there is a series of filters that should be replaced on regular intervals. Most post and pre filters need to be replaced every 3-6 months. Reverse osmosis membrane elements are typically changed once a year. We have 1000's of filters In stock and ready to ship today.