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.
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:
- 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:
- California is in its fourth straight year of drought.
- Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order that CA residents must reduce water use on a tiered basis by usage (per capita) or face fines.
- Farmers were largely not required to follow these restrictions. And California corporate farms increased water use while small farms offered to cut back.
- Fracking in California goes unimpeded by the drought and used some 70 million gallons of California water in 2014.
- Nestlé uses (and bottles) whatever water it wants despite their protests otherwise and even though their permit expired 27 years ago.
- Despite the drought and after two decades of trying, Eagle Crest Energy Company has just acquired a defunct iron mine in Joshua Tree, with a plan to build a 1,300-megawatt hydroelectric power plant — using billions of gallons of groundwater that would be drawn from an underground aquifer. There are still regulatory obstacles but the proposal is closer than ever to becoming a reality.
Meanwhile, remember this gem?
Where is Erin Brokovich when you need her?