What We Do
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates total chromium in drinking water. The Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for total chromium is 100 parts per billion (ppb). Total chromium includes chromium-3 and chromium-6. The Washington Aqueduct is responsible for drinking water treatment and regulatory testing for total chromium. Total chromium levels are reported in the Washington Aqueduct Annual Report. Currently, individual drinking water standards do not exist for chromium-3 or chromium-6 (hexavalent chromium).
In February 2011, DC Water and the Washington Aqueduct began voluntarily testing for chromium-6 on a quarterly schedule. DC Water collects samples from eight sites in the District's distribution system. The Washington Aqueduct collects samples from the source water (Potomac River) and finished treated water. Samples are tested at an EPA-certified laboratory. For more information about chromium, read the Drinking Water Quality FAQs or visit the EPA.
In 2014, as part of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 3, DC Water reported sample results for total chromium and hexavalent chromium (Chromium-6). These results can be found at https://www.dcwater.com/waterquality/unregulated_compounds.cfm or at EPA's UCMR3 website http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/ucmr/data.cfm.
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