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What is chromium?

Chromium is a metal that odorless, tasteless, and malleable. It is commonly used as a coating to give metals a high shine.

How does chromium get into my drinking water?

Chromium can enter the water supply in runoff from steel and pulp mills, or through the erosion of natural deposits.

What are the health effects of chromium?

Hexavalent chromium compounds can be toxic if ingested or inhaled. The lethal dose of poisonous chromium compounds is about one half teaspoon of material. Most chromium compounds are irritating to eyes, skin and mucous membranes. Chronic exposure to chromium compounds can cause permanent eye injury, unless properly treated. Chromium is an established human carcinogen.