The City of Paramount tested its water supply for hexavalent chromium on March 6, 2017. This is the fourth round of testing in the City since December 2016, exceeding both federal and state standards that require testing once per year for all cities in California. These tests must ensure that traces of hexavalent chromium remain under the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 10 micrograms per liter (ug/l).
In February, the test results for Paramount found hexavalent chromium to be 0.21 ug/l. The samples taken at the beginning of March indicate a level of 0.279 ug/l. Both of these results are well below California’s MCL. The monthly testing process is helping establish a baseline value, so fluctuations in the measured amount that remain below the established MCL are expected.
“Paramount’s water supply remains, as always, safe to drink,” said Mayor of Paramount Daryl Hofmeyer. “However, we will continue to test for hexavalent chromium for the foreseeable future to ensure the community’s confidence. We are dedicated to protecting the public in every way and will continue to present our findings as we receive them.”
The results for March and previous months can be viewed on the Hexavalent Chromium Test Results page.