The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) has assessed the available information on chromium with the intent of updating the current drinking water guideline and guideline technical document on chromium in drinking water.
Drinking water supplies in many geographic areas contain chromium in the +3 and +6 oxidation states. Public health concerns are centered on the presence of hexavalent Cr that is classified as a known human carcinogen via inhalation.
Nearly 200 million Americans across all 50 states have been exposed through their tap water to higher-than-recommended levels of chromium , a cancer-causing chemical, according to a new report. Chromium was made famous in the 2000 biographical film "Erin Brockovich," starring Julia Roberts as the ...
WHO/SDE/WSH/03.04/04 English only Chromium in Drinking-water Background document for development of WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Originally published in Guidelines for drinking-water quality, 2nd ed. Vol. 2.
Chromium has been regulated under the µg/L primary drinking water standard (MCL} for total chromium. California's MCL for total chromium was established in 1977, when we adopted what was then a "National Interim Drinking Water Standard" for chromium.
When released to land, chromium compounds bind to soil are not likely to migrate to ground water. They are very persistent in water as sediments. There is a high potential for accumulation of chromium in aquatic life.
Chromium is a metal found in natural deposits as ores containing other elements. The greatest use of chromium is in metal alloys such as stainless steel; protective coatings on metal; magnetic tapes; and pigments for paints, cement, paper, rubber, composition floor covering and other materials.