A new study found that 200 million Americans are drinking tap water contaminated with Chromium-6, a toxic substance connected to cancer. Most water suppliers have this problem and it is very hard for people to have alternatives because water is too important for them.
There are researchers who do not think we should worry but only pay more attention to the level of chromium-6 in our tap water. There are some things you can do if you want to prevent drinking contaminated water, but they depend on how much money you want to spend.
The Water Quality Association is advising people to look for those companies that are certified for using Chromium-6. Moreover, another idea should be to buy a reverse filter, that will push your tap water into a semi-permeable membrane. That will not only help you against Chromium-6 but also against many toxic substances that can be found in the tap water. The good news is that this kind of filter is between 100 and 300 dollars, so they are not really expensive.
Researchers are still trying to find out how dangerous is this substance for us. The United States Department of Health and Human Services discovered in 2008 that mice which ingested this substance were in danger. It seems that those animals who had high concentrations of Chromium-6 in the tap water developed tumors.
We already know that some of this substance is converted to chromium-3 in the stomach, but we are still trying to find out how much of it can be dangerous for us and what parts of our body it can affect. There were a lot of studies on mice that proved to be the same for people and this could be another example.
A really interesting thing is that we are not able to find the chromium-6 level in our water company’s annual quality report. However, the authorities are paying attention to it along with other substances that can be found in tap water and are dangerous for our health.
The biggest issue is that there are thousands of Americans exposed to cancer because they drink water with the Chromium-6 substance. We should pay more attention to the water we are drinking and using for our food because it can have dangerous substances.
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