Chemical Testing shows Pueblo Water to be Safe

The Board of Water Works of Pueblo has completed testing of the community's drinking water, and their tests show that it is safe for consumption.

Tests were being performed to check for Hexavalent Chromium (Chromium IV), which has been linked to serious health threats, including some cancers.

Officials with the Board of Water Works reports that samples were taken from the raw water entering the Whitlock Treatment Plant, from “finished” water after it had been through the treatment process, and from four different sites in the distribution system throughout Pueblo.

Those samples were tested at MWH Labs, a laboratory specialized to test for Chromium IV. The tests proved that the chemical was not present.

Officials say they will continue testing for the potentially dangerous chemical in the drinking water each quarter of 2011.

Although there is no current regulation requiring water providers to test specifically for chromium VI, according to the Board of Water Works, a recent news report stated that high levels of the chemical have been found in the drinking water of a number of cities across the nation. The report did not list any Colorado locations.

You may have heard of Hexavalent Chromium from the "Erin Brockovich" movie.