We are mostly water. That doesn’t mean we’re dear or deeply sought…though we are.
It does mean that we are what we drink. And the quality of our water helps determines our health.
Stewards of water quality, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that carcinogenic hexavalent chromium, the “Erin Brockovich chemical”, is present in 88% of the U.S. water supply. Ore refining, chemical and refractory processing and cement factories appear to be the main culprits.
Hexavalent chromium causes lung and intestinal cancer in lab animals. The EPA says it is “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” and will now try to help water suppliers and municipalities detect the chemical.
California proposes a state-wide standard for hexavalent chromium in drinking water of 0.06 parts per billion (ppb) to reduce cancer risk. California has the highest levels in the country: 25 of 35 tested cities exceed the proposed limits.
What can you do while the government begins to explore the issue?
2. If you cannot afford a RO system, or already have one that doesn’t remove hexavalent chromium, use a new Zerowater pitcher (Brita doesn’t remove chromium). It is slower than Brita, but effective.
3. Find your town on the EWG map and detect your risk.