Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy: http://www.newsy.com/privacy/

Excess Levels Of Dangerous Chemical Found In Tap Water Across US

A new report found that high levels of chromium-6 have been discovered in the drinking water provided to most Americans.
SMS

Turns out lead isn't the only thing that could be contaminating your tap water.

Chromium-6, which people over the age of 30 might remember as the dangerous compound in the movie "Erin Brockovich," is in the water supplied to most Americans.

SEE MORE: Flint Had Lead In The Water; This Town Has Lead In The Land

The Environmental Working Group analyzed findings from the Environmental Protection Agency and found over 200 million people in all 50 states have higher levels of chromium-6 in their water than what scientists consider safe.

Excess levels of chromium compounds have been linked to lung and sinus cancer, as well as numerous other diseases.

The state of American water has been anything but clear lately after thousands of residents in Flint, Michigan, got sick after drinking water contaminated by lead.

The Environmental Working Group is currently lobbying the EPA to toughen its standards for water purity.

Featured Stories
Rep. John Lewis speaks at a podium

Democrats Are Boycotting The Inauguration Ceremony En Masse

A graphic of Donald Trump taking the inaugural oath

The Attendance, Cost And Other Big Numbers Behind Trump's Inauguration

The U.S. Supreme Court building

Lawsuit Over Detainee Mistreatment After 9/11 Reaches Supreme Court

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Health Coverage