It is time to accept that here in America, our water needs to be cleaned up. Our drinking water usually looks crystal clear, most of us have modern homes with modern shiny clean faucets, and we are told that our water is fine for consumption. Then there is the reality. Our water systems are plagued with problems and we are ingesting threatening chemicals and depleting our bodies of pure hydration. It is not as bleak as it sounds. Modern technology coupled with common sense and there is a very inexpensive solution that we can all do to take responsibility for our own drinking water source.
If you know what Chromium-6 is you most likely are a chemist or have watched the movie, Erin Brockovich. The movie is based on a true story about a single mom who became a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. This gripping movie with Julia Roberts is an entertaining way to learn about the consequences of Chromium-6 in our nations water supply – Erin Brockovich.
Only looking at this one element, Chromium-6, we can understand the value of cleaning up our drinking water.
“There are two main types of chromium compounds. Chromium-3, or trivalent chromium, is a naturally occurring compound and an essential human nutrient. Chromium-6 also occurs naturally, but is manufactured for use in steel making, chrome plating, manufacturing dyes and pigments, preserving leather and wood and, as in the Brockovich case, lowering the temperature of water in the cooling towers of electrical power plants. Chromium-6 is also in the ash from coal-burning power plants, which is typically dumped in unlined pits that a 2011 report by the nonprofit Earthjustice said may threaten hundreds or thousands of water supplies and private wells. And recent research has suggested that some methods of treating water supplies to remove other contaminants may actually increase levels of chromium-6.” ~ EWG ~ ‘ERIN BROCKOVICH’ CARCINOGEN IN TAP WATER OF MORE THAN 200 MILLION AMERICANS
The Chromium-6 contamination did not stop with the Brockovich legal case over 25 years ago. Here in America, we are still dealing with the ongoing issues.
“A new EWG analysis of federal data from nationwide drinking water tests shows that the compound contaminates water supplies for more than 200 million Americans in all 50 states. Yet federal regulations are stalled by a chemical industry challenge that could mean no national regulation of a chemical state scientists in California and elsewhere say causes cancer when ingested at even extraordinarily low levels.” ~ EWG ~ ‘ERIN BROCKOVICH’ CARCINOGEN IN TAP WATER OF MORE THAN 200 MILLION AMERICANS
Environmental Working Group, better known as EWG, has an American national interactive map and database on tap water. Find out more about your local water at EWG’s Tap Water Database. When I put in my zip code and saw what was in their current database about my small town of 1,043 people I was shocked.
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Maribeth Baxter, MBEC
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