In order to assure the residents of Paramount that the area’s water supply remains safe and clean, the City has committed to testing the water specifically for hexavalent chromium on a monthly basis. The State of California standard for hexavalent chromium in drinking water is 10 parts per billion. Last month, the test results showed hexavalent chromium to be 0.09 micrograms per liter (ug/l), which is less than the detection limit of 1 part per billion (ppb) for drinking water. Based off samples taken on January 23, 2017, there has been no change in the level of hexavalent chromium of 0.09 ug/l.
“The City continues to remain focused on the health of community and ensuring the water supply remains safe. These results affirm that the hexavalent chromium that has been detected in our community is not affecting our water supply, just as we expect,” said Daryl Hofmeyer, mayor of the City of Paramount.
The City’s increased monthly testing exceeds federal- and state-testing frequency requirements. Further, such testing is in addition to the routine monthly testing activity carried out by the City and reported to the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water.
Although there is very little, if any, chance that airborne hexavalent chromium can make its way into the Paramount water supply underground, the City will continue to test for the carcinogen to ensure the public’s safety and trust in its drinking water. Test results for January and December can be found on the Hexavalent Chromium Test Results page.