Have you heard of hexavalent chromium?
Are you concerned it could be in your water?
If you’re located in Michigan like us, you may have heard of hexavalent chromium in the last few years. There was a leak on I-696 in 2019 that got major news coverage, and in August 2022, a Wixom manufacturing company accidentally released contaminated wastewater into the Huron River system.
Hexavalent chromium is undetectable without lab testing, but you can reduce possible exposure with a home water filtration system from ProOne.
Chromium is a natural heavy metal found in animals, plants, and soil. It’s odorless, tasteless and has two primary forms:
Trivalent chromium (sometimes written as chromium-3), is an essential nutrient that exists in many foods naturally.
Hexavalent chromium (chromium-6), is a byproduct of industrial processes or erosion of natural chromium. Hexavalent chromium that leaks or is stored or disposed of improperly can contaminate air, soil, and water. This is the form that contaminated the Huron River.
Hexavalent chromium is used in manufacturing processes like electroplating, leather tanning, and stainless-steel production and in coloring dyes, inks, paints, and plastics. It’s also an anticorrosive agent.
Because hexavalent chromium is odorless and tasteless, there’s no way to tell if it’s in a water source other than testing the water. You can minimize potential exposure by only drinking from filtered water sources.
ProOne water filters have been tested and certified by an independent lab to meet NSF/ANSI standards for drinking water by removing fluoride, heavy metals, pesticides, and more.
If you live near the Huron River, it might be in your best interest to purchase a home water filtration system in Michigan.
ProOne offers countertop, under the counter, whole house, and gravity water filtration systems that can help remove unwanted contaminants and improve the taste and smell of your water!
Shop ProOne Water Filters today to find filters that can help remove hexavalent chromium!