Published on December 21st, 2010 | by Becky Striepe


Chromium-6 in Tap Water More Reason to Take Back the Tap than Ever

Running water fountain.

Have you seen the EWG report that tap water in 31 of 35 U.S. cities was contaminated with chromium-6 (hexavalent chromium), a heavy metal and suspected carcinogen?

If you’re like me, you probably read about that and started to question your resolve to take back the tap by avoiding bottled water. Planet Green’s Rachel Cernansky wrote an excellent piece addressing just that issue. Here’s an excerpt:

The FDA sets standards for bottled water, while the EPA sets standards for tap water. Tap water is tested for contaminants hundreds of times a month while bottled water gets tested only once a week.

An example of the disparity, and the potentially scary story behind bottled water, from NRDC: “one brand of ‘spring water’ whose label pictured a lake and mountains, actually came from a well in an industrial facility’s parking lot, near a hazardous waste dump, and periodically was contaminated with industrial chemicals at levels above FDA standards.”

Her article is a great reminder that bottled water basically depends on clean tap water. The hexavalent chromium in U.S. tap water shows that we need to reinvest in our country’s water infrastructure to preserve this basic need.

What do you guys think about these findings? Have you taken the Food and Water Watch pledge to avoid the bottle?

Want to see the rest of her reasons to ditch the bottle? You can read the whole story on Planet Green.

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by joshme17

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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