Frequent Questions

09. What should I do if I am concerned about the presence of chromium-6 in my drinking water while EPA is reviewing the science and the regulation?

If you remain concerned after finding out more about the chromium-6 levels in your drinking water, you may consider taking additional steps.

Can home treatment devices remove chromium-6?

        Some home treatment devices are certified by organizations to remove chromium-6. Two certification organizations are:

NSF International and the Water Quality Association Exit EPA Disclaimer

      These certification programs are based on current drinking water standards and home treatment devices are only certified to remove chromium-6 to either 50 or 100 parts per billion. Contact the device's manufacturer for specific information about how effective the product is, given your water and treatment goal. Your public water system's water quality report and your water system's staff can help you understand the characteristics of your water.


If you choose to use a home treatment device, it is very important to follow the manufacturer's operation and maintenance instructions carefully in order to make sure the device works properly.

Consumers should be aware that the current EPA drinking water standard for chromium requires that public water systems provide drinking water that does not exceed a total chromium concentration of 100 ppb.  

Can I avoid exposure to chromium-6 if I only drink bottled water? (Is there chromium-6 in bottled water?)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) establishes standards for bottled water and has adopted EPA's total chromium standard of 100 ppb. See for more information about the FDA's standards for bottled water. Contact bottled water manufacturers for specific information about levels of chromium-6 in their products.

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