October 3, 2022

New Study Shows Possible Signs Of Drinking Water Safety Issues

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Drinking water in many cities may contain harmful substances according to new research

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been analyzing water in many cities and has just released their findings. Many cities seem to have hexavalent chromium in their water. Many of us were made aware of this contamination in the movie “Erin Brockovich.”

Out of all the cities tested, 89% showed signs of hexavalent chromium. There are a total of 31 cities that provide water for more than 26 million people.

Even though this seems alarming to many, some cities such as San Jose, California are saying their water is still safe enough for children to drink.

The town of Hinkley, California, which was featured in the movie “Erin Brockovich” has made the news again due to continued spreading of chromium which is still contaminating their water.

Two U.S. senators from California, Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein, are trying to push for the agency to require a higher, enforceable standard in how much hexavalent chromium is allowed in the water.

It’s not just cities in California that are being effected. A few other cities include Bend, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; Chicago, IL; Buffalo, NY; Boston, MA; Honolulu, HI; and Miami, FL.

The EPA says it regularly tests waters to make sure they are safe and abide by drinking standards. With new studies out reviewing the health effects, they will decide if new standards are necessary.