Group cautions cancerous drinking water - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Group cautions cancerous drinking water

By Jena Johnson - bio | email | Twitter

TYLER, TX (KLTV)- You may remember the movie Erin Brockovich based on a true story of a cancerous chemical discovered in some California drinking water.

Now, according to a new study by the Environmental Working Group, that chemical, known as hexavalent chromium, is in the water that at least 74-million Americans drink daily.

The City of Tyler says until the Environmental Protection Agency urges the testing, they're not too concerned.

Some scientists say we drink it everyday and don't even know it. Right now, the EPA doesn't force water utility companies to test for hexavalent chromium. It's a chemical the environmental working group has deemed cancerous.

"We are not overly concerned at this time with this one," said Greg Morgan, Director of Utilities and Water Supply for the City of Tyler. "We do not test for the hexavalent chromium, but we do test for the total chromium."

Majority of the city's water comes from Lake Tyler. The city says if chromium levels began to sky rocket that would signal a major problem, possibly even contamination, but right now it's just not an issue.

"It's just not in the water," said Morgan. "We don't have a source of contamination that's polluting our drinking supply."

Morgan says the total chromium level in the city's drinking water is 2 parts per billion, well below the 100 parts per billion limit set by the EPA.

But the Environmental Working Group is urging the EPA to set a legal limit on hexavalent chromium.

"I'd certainly want the water tested for it," said Kim Massie, Tyler resident.

 Massie and her daughter spend a lot of time at Lake Tyler. She says she'd feel safer if the carcinogenic chemical was tested periodically.

"You require water in order to live, so you certainly want to make sure that that's healthy also," she said.

But until the EPA changes the chemicals water companies have to test for, Morgan says it will go untested.

"We will wait and test according to EPA requirements for safe drinking water," he said.

Which leaves the Environmental Working Group asking just how long can we wait.

Out of the 35 cities tested by the Environmental Working Group, 31 one of those had cancerous levels of hexavalent chromium. With Norman, Oklahoma topping the list.

Copyright 2010 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Tyler police investigate pedestrian traffic death

    Sunday, June 17 2018 6:06 PM EDT2018-06-17 22:06:20 GMT
    Source: Tyler policeSource: Tyler police

    On Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 8:02 a.m., Tyler Police responded to the 9800 block of Hwy 271 N. on a report of a body that was located in the median.

    More >>

    On Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 8:02 a.m., Tyler Police responded to the 9800 block of Hwy 271 N. on a report of a body that was located in the median.

    More >>
  • 31st Annual Cattle Barron's Gala for cancer

    31st Annual Cattle Barron's Gala for cancer

    Saturday, June 16 2018 8:44 PM EDT2018-06-17 00:44:39 GMT

    For 31 years the Tyler Cattle Barron’s Gala has not only raised money for those fighting back against cancer but celebrating those who have conquered cancer. The public were able to enjoy a night of live musical entertainment from local artist, a live auction that includes poker night with the Dallas Cowboys, a trip to Chicago and more.            Since the gala's inception, they have helped raised over 15 million dollars for the American Cancer S...

    More >>

    For 31 years the Tyler Cattle Barron’s Gala has not only raised money for those fighting back against cancer but celebrating those who have conquered cancer. The public were able to enjoy a night of live musical entertainment from local artist, a live auction that includes poker night with the Dallas Cowboys, a trip to Chicago and more.            Since the gala's inception, they have helped raised over 15 million dollars for the American Cancer S...

    More >>
  • More auto burglaries in White Oak

    More auto burglaries in White Oak

    Saturday, June 16 2018 7:46 PM EDT2018-06-16 23:46:16 GMT
    For the third time in two years, an East Texas community is plagued with residential auto burglaries. White Oak police say last week they had yet another string of auto burglaries in 3 quiet neighborhoods of their city. In a quiet town, when many still leave their doors unlocked at night, a familiar pattern of suspects going street to street and burglarizing cars has popped up again for White Oak police.  "We had numerous reports of vehicles being entered some committed t...More >>
    For the third time in two years, an East Texas community is plagued with residential auto burglaries. White Oak police say last week they had yet another string of auto burglaries in 3 quiet neighborhoods of their city. In a quiet town, when many still leave their doors unlocked at night, a familiar pattern of suspects going street to street and burglarizing cars has popped up again for White Oak police.  "We had numerous reports of vehicles being entered some committed t...More >>
Powered by Frankly