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New study shows "probable carcinogen" in city water across U.S.


By Ed Greenberger

How safe is your tap water? A new study shows it's something you might want to think about.

The Environment Working Group (EWG) says hexavalent chromium, which has been classified as a probable carcinogen, is present in the drinking water in 31 of the 35 U.S. cities they tested.

If hexavalent chromium sounds familiar, that's the chemical compound that allegedly gave hundreds of Californians cancer in the 1990s, inspiring the film "Erin Brockovich."

The city of Chicago has hexavalent chromium in its water, according to EWG. There was no hexavalent chromium found in Indianapolis water. EWG did not test any Michiana drinking water for hexavalent chromium and neither do local water authorities like the city of Elkhart. But city water officials say their water is safe.

"All of the stuff that we analyze for, all of the different constituents, whether it be volatile organic compounds, bacteria or drinking water metals, are at or well below or often times non-detect in all those parameters," said Laura Kolo, Elkhart's utility services manager.

If you use well water and have a question about it, you should contact your county health department.

Also, if you live in Elkhart County, you can find information on possible health risks in your neighborhood on there What's in My Backyard Website.

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