Pueblo Board of Water Works board meeting recap

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The water board could save $50,000 to $60,000 annually in costs for powdered fluoride if the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lowers fluoride standards for drinking water, Don Colalancia, division manager for water quality and treatment, told the board at its monthly meeting Tuesday…

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency is recommending stricter testing limits for chromium 6. “It’s an oxidized state of chromium,” Colalancia explained, adding that chromium 6 is not likely to be a problem here, but that to be sure it has to be measured…

Right now, the water board tests for total chromium, under EPA standards of 100 parts per billion. Pueblo’s water has less than 4 parts per billion of total chromium. Chromium 6 is probably a small part of the total chromium. California is looking at chromium 6 levels that are 0.06 ppb, a minute quantity which not all labs can measure, so water managers are scrambling to find qualified labs even as prices for testing go up, Colalancia explained.

More Pueblo Board of Water Works coverage here.

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