If you live in the Coachella Valley, there are several things you should be aware of about your water.
Chromium 6, the cancer causing pollutant publicized in the 2000 movie "Erin Brockovich", is more prevalent in the desert water than you may find acceptable. If you don't know about Hexavalent Chromium or the damage it can cause to the human body, it might be a worth a couple of bucks to rent the movie. The film is entertaining and based on the true story of the harm hexavalent chromium caused to the people in the desert community of Hinkley, CA. This interesting article discusses ongoing problems in Hinkley and other communities affected by from Chromium 6 in their drinking water.
In reviewing Annual Water Quality Reports (also known as Consumer Confidence Reports or CCRs) of the main Coachella Valley water agencies we see that that Chromium 6 is present in all water supplies - This raises obvious concerns about how this carcinogenic contaminant may be affecting the health of people in the Valley.
Coachella Valley Water District Annual Quality Report 2011. Page 10. (Please Note: These reports may take longer to load than normal web pages because they are in a PDF format.)
Indio Water Authority Annual Water Quality Report 2011. Page 6.
Mission Springs Water District Annual Water Quality 2011. Page 6.
The California Public Health Goal Level for Hexavalent Chromium's presence in tap water is 0.02 parts per billion. You can see from each of the reports that no area tested met that goal. In fact, no area tested even came close the goal.
While no district is in technical violation of existing legal limits, the levels still greatly exceed the health goal by a concerning amount.
You'll notice that most of the tests were performed a year or two ago. Therefore, it would be interesting to see the current levels in the desert water. Chromium 6 and other heavy metals (like arsenic) pose difficult challenges for water agencies.
Our greatest concern lies with long term exposure, as well as the levels and concentration of the contaminants present. If you drink or bathe in water with chemicals present every day, at some point it is possible to reach levels of toxicity. In the bath or shower, gaseous waterborne chemicals are readily absorbed into the body through both your skin and respiration (your lungs). This is very similar, in concept, to working in an environment filled with smoke. If you breathe it in every day, eventually you are likely to have health issues because of it.
The best approach to address the contaminant problems in your water is to effectively filter it before you consume it. And the best way to do this is to install a whole house water filter that contains the proper amount of specialized filter media to eliminate or filter the dangerous chemicals down to an acceptable level.
Crystal Clear Water has had much success with removing or reducing chlorine, chloramines, Chromium 6, Arsenic and a long list of other pollutants (which are not even tested for) in Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and other desert communities. In one of his television shows, Dr. Oz speaks about all the other chemicals present in our water for which the government cannot test. Follow this link to a page listing articles from the Dr. Oz show regarding contaminants and impurities in our water supplies.
Call or contact us today to discuss any issues or concerns you have regarding what may be lurking in your water. We will acquire and analyze your local municipality's Annual Water Quality Report and provide you with specific solutions for the water quality needs for you and your family.
(The Big Picture: This map below shows where Chromium 6 was found in tap water throughout the United States. The study is from 2010. This page has some more information about this problem.)