A study to be released today by the Environmental Working Group exposes the presence of a probably carcinogen in parts of the regions water supply. The agent (hexavalent chromium) was allegedly found in the tap water of Washington and Bethesda. The substance was declared a probable carcinogen in 2008, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently assessing the need for limits to be set.
Presently, utilities are required to test for this substance in the water, but this also includes another type of substance that humans need to process glucose in the body.
A source also stated that bottled water is not necessarily safer. Many studies on bottled water in the past have shown that a large percentage of bottled water comes from municipal sources.
The study revealed the chemical in 31 of the 35 cities that were sampled.
Stay tuned for upcoming updates on this developing story.