ST. LOUIS (AP) – Unacceptably high levels of chromium-6, a likely carcinogenic chemical, have been found in St. Louis area drinking water, but health officials say the water is not dangerous.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites a report released this week by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group. It found that Missouri American Water Co., which serves customers in St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties, had the second-highest average of chromium-6, based on 40 samples taken across the country from 2013 to 2015.

But Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, says chromium-6 levels are at just a fraction of the limits that would require action.

Missouri American Water says its water meets or surpasses quality standards, “including those set for chromium.”

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  1. Tammy Kutrip says:

    I notice that the water company has been making a profit for a long time, so why are they not investing more of that profit back into updating the water system like every other business has to do to keep in business. They always want to raise the rates instead of lowing their profits. MSD, Ameren and Laclede gas are the same way.

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