Chromium-6 in the water in Joshua Tree, California

So a dear friend posts the following on FaceBook:

Make sure you read the insert on Chromium 6/Hexavalent chromium in your Joshua Basin Water District water bill this month. I can’t find it on their website as of yet, but where Erin Brockovich when she’s needed? (Shared with permission per the note from the water district.)

So I thought I would share with you this insert, placed in her bill.  Download the PDF here.

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For more about the health risks of Hexavalent Chromium, or Chromium-6 (also Chromium VI) go here. And here. And here.

What can I do if my water is contaminated?

From the EPA website:

Can home treatment devices remove chromium-6? 

      Some home treatment devices are certified by organizations to remove chromium-6. Two certification organizations are:

NSF International and the Water Quality Association 

      These certification programs are based on current drinking water standards and home treatment devices are only certified to remove chromium-6 to either 50 or 100 parts per billion. Contact the device’s manufacturer for specific information about how effective the product is, given your water and treatment goal. Your public water system’s water quality report and your water system’s staff can help you understand the characteristics of your water.

If you choose to use a home treatment device, it is very important to follow the manufacturer’s operation and maintenance instructions carefully in order to make sure the device works properly.

Consumers should be aware that the current EPA drinking water standard for chromium requires that public water systems provide drinking water that does not exceed a total chromium concentration of 100 ppb.

Facts on the California Water Drought:

Meanwhile, remember this gem?

Where is Erin Brokovich when you need her?

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