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Chromium-6 in Metro Vancouver’s Drinking Water?

Hexavalent chromium has been in the news lately in North America. Also referred to as chromium-6, this cancer-causing chemical was made famous in Julia Robert’s  movie, Erin Brockovich.

A report recently released by the Environmental Working Group has drawn attention to alarmingly high levels of this metal in the drinking water of more than 31 U.S. cities.

Chromium is a naturally occurring metal. However, hexavalent chromium is a sub-species that comes from industries like steel manufacturing, electroplating factories, leather tanneries and textile dying facilities. Chlorine can transform benign trivalent chromium into the toxic hexavalent form.

Fortunately for those of us who live in Metro Vancouver, our tap water is not exposed to this chemical contaminant because protected mountain reservoirs, untainted by human activity, supply our water from virgin rain and snowmelt.

However, some bottled waters may contain hexavalent chromium. Best to take control of your own water quality – filter your own!

One Response to “Chromium-6 in Metro Vancouver’s Drinking Water?”

  1. In the midst of travels – Water « Fresh Raw Life Says:

    […] the people living in Vancouver and BC. We have tested our water at home to have a pH of  6.5. Other things to look at: Hexavalent chromium has been in the news lately in North America. Also referred to as chromium-6, […]