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Concerns about chromium in tap water?

September 22, 2016 at 9:28 am

Recent media attention has brought to light concerns regarding potential negative health effects from drinking water containing chromium-6.  The HMUA takes potential impacts to public health very seriously and works to ensure that its water is in compliance with all Federal and State standards.  In NJ, the maximum allowable contaminant level for chromium is 0.1 milligrams per liter (mg/l) or 100 parts per billion (ppb). This includes all forms of chromium, including chromium-6. Information published by the USEPA regarding chromium and potential health effects can be found at:  https://www.epa.gov/dwstandardsregulations/chromium-drinking-water.

The Federal and NJ State Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Standards (as of February 2005) are provided at:  http://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/pdf/dw_standards_2_2005.pdf.

Chromium data from various points in HMUA’s water system, reported by the laboratory to NJDEP as required, is available at:  https://www9.state.nj.us/DEP_WaterWatch_public/JSP/SingleResults.jsp?tinwsys=674&tsaanlyt=16&aname=CHROMIUM.  Historically the HMUA’s laboratory testing results for chromium, including chromium-6, are well within the USEPA and NJDEP standards.

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