Do you remember on a hot summer day being so thirsty you couldn't stand it? I remember going straight to the water hose and taking a long drink of water. The water coming from the hose was so refreshing and thirst quenching. Those were the good old days.
But as an adult and plumbing contractor, I realize now how much water quality affects our health and plumbing systems. Growing up and living in Norman, I discovered how bad the water really is. Recently as of 2010, Norman topped the list of 35 cities with the highest quantities of Chromium-6.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Chromium-6, you'll want to keep reading. The highly touted movie, "Erin Brockovich," is all about Chromium-6 and how the chemical affects your body.
According to the National Toxicology Program and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Chromium-6 in drinking water is showing evidence of carcinogenic activity in laboratory animals and an increased risk of gastrointestinal tumors.
The EPA has also found that ingesting these chemicals in tap water is likely to be carcinogenic to humans. Other health risks associated with this exposure include liver and kidney damage, anemia and ulcers.
That’s a lot to think about! Who would’ve thought a drink from the tap or water hose could be so unhealthy? Water quality is important, and in part 2 of this blog, we’ll discuss other chemicals and solutions for this problem.