Hot apple cider and hot cocoa might need to be made with heavily filtered water this
holiday season for select major cities throughout the United States as
the cancer causing carcinogen, hexavalent chromium, was found in to be
prevalent in water systems across the country.
supplies from 35 major US cities were tested by The Environmental
Working Group and 31 were found to have toxic levels of the carcinogen.
Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, is primarily used in
industrial construction and in metal plating. The use of hexavalent
chromium is regulated in Europe due it's harmful affects however,
California is the only state to date within the United States that
regulates the use hexavalent chromium. The toxic levels found within tap
water is mainly due to old pipes that were constructed before the
harmful effects of hexavalent chromium were brought to the attention of
that contain this harmful chemical are being advised by The
Environmental Working Group to not be utilized at this time and for
residents within these cities to purchase and implement a water filtration system
within their home, to purchase bottled water, to boil and re-boil their
water and/or to refrain completely from ingesting or bathing in any tap
systems contaminated by hexavalent chromium were first "glamourized" by
the Hollywood movie, "Erin Brockovich," as this is the primary chemical
that the real life environmental activist found to be the carcinogen
causing harm to the residents of a small town in California.
Pure Water suggests taking time to research if your city has been
affected by this report and to please take necessary precautions (such
as implementing a water filtration system) when drinking or bathing in
any tap water if residing in an affected city.