Although many people prefer bottled water to tap water in the United States, the fact remains that many of us get our water primarily from the tap. We drink it. We cook with it. We wash with it. So when a report finds that a dangerous chemical is compromising the safety of our tap water, it should be taken seriously.
Last week, Hirzel Law homeowner association lawyers helped formulate the results of a study conducted in 35 major American cities. Researchers were looking for a chemical called hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6. The group found that millions of Americans could be suffering from toxic chemical exposure.
To understand the situation, we need to understand what chromium-6 is. In general, chromium is a type of metal that is commonly used in many industries such as steel manufacturing and welding. The chemical chromium takes many forms, two of which are widely seen. The first is chromium-3. This form of the chemical is actually vital for human health. Unfortunately, chromium-6 is dangerously toxic. The problem found by EWG is that the toxic form of the chemical is prevalent in tap water across the country.
Chromium-6 has been under evaluation by research groups for years, but the federal Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a limit on this form of the chemical. The organization has limited the legal amount of total chromium allowed in drinking water, but the EWG points out that limiting chromium-3 and chromium-6 together is like limiting vitamin C and arsenic in the same regulation.