What is Chromium 6 and how bad is it?
Chromium 6 is a heavy metal that is categorized as a Group 1 carcinogen according to the World Health Organization or WHO. It is a by-product of industrial manufacturing and is known to cause cancer in what is considered extremely small concentrations. More on this later.
This is the same heavy metal that Erin Brockovich brought attention to with her 2000 movie starring Julia Roberts that documented the poisoning of Hinkley, CA with Chromium 6.
The alarming study released late 2016 by the Environmental Working Group or “EWG” took samples from 60,000 sources nationwide and found that 75% of them contained a measurable amount of Hexavalent Chromium, commonly referred to as Chromium 6 (or Chromium VI). This means that 218 million Americans are affected by this issue. While the mere presence of the Chromium 6 is problematic and alarming, it’s really the concentrations at which it is toxic which pose the greatest challenge to consumers health.
The substance is extremely toxic at very, very low levels. So low that California scientists have labeled Chromium 6 dangerous when it exceeds just 0.02 parts per billion. Yes, that is parts per Billion not Million. One part per billion (ppb) equates to 1 part per every 1,000,000,000 parts. For a frame of reference, one part per billion is roughly equal to about one drop of water in an Olympic sized swimming pool. It’s practically nothing, but the research shows that there really isn’t a safe amount of Chromium VI in your water.
Scientific research from a two-year study done by the National Toxicology Program (2008) found that drinking water with Chromium VI caused cancer in the test subjects. So far, California is the only state to have a public health goal and an enforceable legal limit on this highly toxic, cancer-causing compound. However, the limit is set at 500 times what the researchers have declared as the health goal. That means there could be many times what is considered “safe” before they ever get close to the limit of what is acceptable for you to drink according to tap water regulations.
It should be noted that while Chromium 6 is something so potent and dangerous to your health it has no perceptible smell or odor, no taste and no visible signs of its presence. You can only tell if your water is affected by sophisticated laboratory testing procedures at a certified water quality lab. This contributes to part of the problem as most all of the consumers drinking the tap water have no practical way of measuring Chromium concentrations. The truth is you could be drinking it right now and have absolutely no idea.
Here is the map published by the EWG which shows the counties affected by Chromium in their tap water from the samples they obtained. Click here or click the map below to search to see if your area is affected (please not that this doesnt mean it will not be affected in the future!)
This leads many Americans to ask the question: Why aren’t we doing more as a country to deliver our drinking water? That’s a good question. The answer has to do with the cost and technical feasibility of performing the proper filtration to remove the contaminants. That is to say, it’s far too many gallons and costs too much to remove it on a nation-wide level. So the result is they don’t do anything about it and it continues to flow from the polluted water source into your pipes in your home or apartment and it becomes the water you drink. That is, unless you do something about it!
The good news here is our Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher is tested to remove Chromium 6 by up to 96%. So you can protect you and your family from this mostly-unregulated contaminant that is known to be harmful to your health.
Don’t wait, take action, filter your water with a product that has been specifically tested to remove Chromium 6. Most all of the products you find at the store will not remove it. Popular brands like Brita DO NOT protect you against this type of contamination. You need a more robust filter to get these heavy metals out.
That’s where the Clearly Filtered pitcher thrives. On those tricky to remove contaminants like Chromium 6 that the other filters on the market simply leave behind.
Does my water have Chromium 6?
From the EWG study just published it appears that more than 2/3rds of all Americans (218 million people) are at serious risk of encountering Chromium 6 in their drinking water.
What kind of filter removes Chromium 6?
Only higher-end filters like ClearlyFiltered’s Water Pitcher have the capability to remove contaminants like Chromium 6. Most pitchers do not make this claim.
Does Brita filter out Chromium 6?
No, Brita is not designed to remove Chromium 6.
Is any amount of Chromium 6 okay?
Scientists are still testing but concentrations as low as 0.02ppb are where current health goals are set in California.
What is the limit for Chromium 6 in the tap water?
Currently only California has a limit of 10ppb for their water. There is no national standard or limit set by the EPA at this time.
How do I know if I have Chromium 6 in my water?
Use the EWG website as a reference, it contains helpful information that may be applicable to your community water source.
How do I get a Chromium 6 water filter?
Your best bet is to order one online and have it shipped to you. You can do so right here on our website by clicking here.
Since the major news coverage of the Flint, Michigan tap water crisis, many other cities have been coming up in the news questioning their own municipal water supply. With many of the US municipal water systems "coming of age" we will likely be hearing much more news about issues about the health of our drinking water. Because of the outpour of frustration behind Flint many other cities are trying their best to not seek the same fate in the publics eyes. Their solution . . . underreport and systematically downplay the levels of contaminants such as lead and copper in the water.
Scientists have come forward stating that they are seeing blatant "distortion of test data" to make the water in their cities perceive to be healthier than it really is.
The controversial approach to water testing is so widespread that it occurs in “every major US city east of the Mississippi” according to an anonymous source with extensive knowledge of the lead and copper regulations. “By word of mouth, this has become the thing to do in the water industry. The logical conclusion is that millions of people’s drinking water is potentially unsafe.”
It is hard to believe that Flint, Michigan is a one-off case. With many of the major cities east of the Mississippi all under-reporting their levels of dangerous contaminants in the water, its only a matter of time before these reports hit the news stands. There comes a time in the very near future that our cities municipal water systems have run their course and will need to be updated. Original lead piping systems are planned to last between 60-95 years and many of those systems are overdue for an upgrade. We still have many questions to be answered, but its looking as if we will be hearing many more accounts of issues with municipal tap water systems.
In Sebring, Ohio in August of 2015 showed extreme levels of lead in their water because workers stopped adding chemicals that were leading to the pipes corroding faster. It took the city 5 months to recognize the problem and inform the local pregnant women and children to stop drinking the water and turn off public consumption of the water at local schools.
Just last week the city of Los Angeles had to provide bottled water to 5 schools which "mysteriously" were found to have murky water likely linked to the lead piping system.
We posted a blog post last week highlighting the State of Emergency declared in Newburgh, New York because high levels of PFOS in their water supply. http://www.clearlyfiltered.com/blogs/blog/116666884-water-contamination-in-new-york-water-supply
Rules and science are outdated. The E.P.A.’s trigger level for addressing lead in drinking water — 15 parts per billion — is not based on any health threat; rather, it reflects a calculation that water in at least nine in 10 homes susceptible to lead contamination will fall below that standard.
Is it time to hold the EPA accountable for testing and limit standards across the country? Shouldn't these standards be tied to the best interest of the health of the people paying for and consuming the water?
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