To most Americans, the United States is one of the cleanest nations in the world: we have the most sanitary hospitals, the cleanest bathrooms, and, of course, the most drinkable water.
We cannot comment for the first two, but the latter leaves much room for interpretation. According to the EWG, over 75% of water sources in a 60,000-sample survey measured above-average levels of Chromium-6 between 2010 and 2015. Indeed, decades after its first appearance in court, this toxin continues to invade American homes.
What is Chromium-6?
Chromium-6, called hexavalent chromium, occurs naturally and is a common ingredient in paints, dyes, and pigments. A powerful anticorrosive, it is also used in manufacturing plants to harden and treat alloy metals and water towers, to lower water temperature.
Although a common industrial element, Chromium-6 has a dark side. Prolonged exposure can damage the kidneys, liver, skin, and eyes, and can induce or aggravate certain respiratory systems. The substance also has carcinogenic properties, a two-year study by the National Toxicology Program deeming it responsible for cancer in a significant sample of laboratory mice and a Chinese study linking the element to stomach cancer.
While 26 states have established strict limits against Chromium-6 in the workplace, what quantities of the substance appear in waste go largely ignored. A prime component in the ash that blows out of smoke stacks, the insidious chemical falls on unprotected land where it damages soil and, yes, groundwater.
What have we done?
As documented in the film Erin Brockovich, environmental activists began taking a stand against Chromium-6 in their homes and environments as early as the year 2000.
However, thanks to lobbying and lack of public awareness, their efforts have made little progress. In California, for example, legislators raised the proposed limit of 0.02 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb, or over 500 times the original proposition. Similarly, New Jersey and North Carolina tried to pass bills regulating levels of Chromium-6 to 0.06 ppb, only to have their bids multiplied several times over. These go leaps and bounds over the efforts of most states, which have set no definite limit for levels of the toxic chemical.
As you can see, the fight for better water has been anything but crystal. The EPA has established a “safe” limit of 10 ppb which, often surpassed, puts America at risk for 12,000 excess cases of cancer per year.
What can we do?
Until legislators and state officials open their eyes to the reality of the situation, the outlook appears grim. It is estimated that treating water to attain even the astoundingly high 10 ppb limit will cost the country over $20 million, an amount that legislators are quick to cut.
Nonetheless, you can protect your own home by treating your water with Adya Clarity®. Cheap and easy-to-use, Adya Clarity® converts toxic Chromium-6 into Chromium-3, also known as trivalent chromium. Unlike its cousin, Chromium-3 is nutritionally beneficial and helps the body process certain sugars, proteins, and fats. While possibly toxic in high levels, it does nowhere near the damage of Chromium-6 and can help you make the most of a healthy diet.
Other sources may encourage you to drink bottled water or to collect spring water straight from the source. While the second solution does not pose a threat to the environment as do, plastic bottles, the prevalence of Chromium-6 in the soil and the air indicates that even the freshest natural H2O may put your life on the line.
It looks like the Erin Brockovich story has only just begun. However, by using Adya Clarity®, you can ensure that you and your family will see it through until the end.
Andrews, David, and Walker, Bill. “Erin Brockovich Carcinogen in Tap Water of More Than 100 Million Americans.” EWG, Environmental Working Group, 20 Sep. 2016, url: http://www.ewg.org/research/chromium-six-found-in-us-tap-water
“Frequently Asked Questions: Chromium (III) and (VI).” DHSS, Delaware Health and Social Services, n.d., url: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/chromiumfaq.pdf
“Hexavalent Chromium in California’s Water.” AdyaWater, Adya Water, 7 Nov. 2013, url: https://adyawater.com/blogs/adya-news-1/9987601-hexavalent-chromium-in-californias-water
“Safety and Health Topics: Hexavalent Chromium.” OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, n.d., url: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hexavalentchromium/