Louisville Water Company Report Finds Chromium 6

by Gabe Bullard on March 11, 2011

Months after the Environmental Working Group found what it declared an unsafe level of the carcinogenic chemical compound hexavalent chromium (chromium 6), the Louisville Water Company has confirmed the substance’s presence in city water. But, company officials say the water is still safe to drink.

Chromium 6 is not regulated. Total chromium–which contains hexavalent chromium–is regulated, and Louisville’s water has safe levels of total chromium. The chromium 6 levels, however, exceed a limit for the compound that’s been proposed in California. The EPA is currently researching chromium 6 and considering whether it should be regulated outside of total chromium. The agency has also encouraged water companies to test for the compound.

In a statement released Friday, Water Company officials said they will follow all Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

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Harold Trainer March 12, 2011 at 8:29 am

I do not trust the Water Company to evaluate the numbers and draw conclusions. There is a conflict of interest. There needs to be an outside audit of the company and independent evaluation of the chromium and other health problem related chemicals. They should do a statistically reliable sampling of water at homes to determine what kind of water the customers are actually getting.

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