July 2, 2015
The California Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for hexavalent chromium (Cr6) has been changed from 50 milligrams per liter (mg/L) to 10 mg/L. The City of Woodland's water supply currently exceeds the recently adopted State MCL. The reported level of chromium 6 in the Woodland water supply is NOT an immediate health concern.
Mayor Tom Stallard states, “The new State standard is far more stringent than federal drinking water standards and is expected to cause serious hardship for many communities that rely on groundwater as their primary source for drinking water. Fortunately, the City of Woodland is well on its way to implementing the Surface Water Project that will ensure that our water system will comply with this regulation. This is another example of the forward-thinking planning that is yielding tremendous benefits for our community.”
Hexavalent chromium occurs naturally in groundwater supply systems. It is an odorless and tasteless metallic element. Chromium is found naturally in rocks, plants, soil and volcanic dust, humans and animals.
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