Tests Show Boston Water Safe From Carcinogens

Testing of city water supplies across the country has found that Boston water has among the lowest levels of the cancer-causing chemical chromium-6.

Leeann Brown of the Environmental Working Group, which conducted the study, says Boston's level of chromium-6 is half of the goal level set in California.

"From the sample that we took in Boston, we found hexavailian chromium in the water at .03 parts per billion," Brown said. "So, for the residents of Boston this is certainly good news."

This finding is not only good news for Boston residents, but also many Massachusetts residents who don't live in the city. Nearly 40 percent of Massachusetts residents get their drinking water from the same reservoirs as Boston residents.

This program aired on December 29, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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