Jan 28, 2011

Norman, Okla., Forms Groups in Response to Chromium Report

Two groups will help monitor chromium-6 levels in city's water supply

The city of Norman, Okla., has formed two groups to monitor chromium-6 levels in city drinking water, The Norman Transcript reported.

The first group will include Mayor Cindy Rosenthal, department heads and three city council members. The second group, a Technical Advisory Committee, will consist of a number of professors from the University of Oklahoma who have expertise in water quality and monitoring.

The city formed these groups in response to the recent Environmental Working Group report that tested tap water in 34 U.S. cities for chromium-6. It reported that Norman had a level of 12.9 parts per billion, the highest of any of the cities tested.

According to Norman Utilities Director Ken Komiske, the city currently is testing for chromium-6 levels in its wells, lakes and distribution system using the recently released EPA guidance. He is still waiting for the lab results, he said.