Chromium Project and Safe Drinking Water
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Chromium Project and Safe Drinking Water
Posted on 12/05/2017
While the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory have detected a chromium plume in the regional aquifer, no county-owned drinking water wells have been contaminated by this plume.  Los Alamos' drinking water meets all federal and state safe drinking water standards. 

2017, November 13: Joint Statement from the U.S. Department of Energy and he Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. 

2017, December:  The U.S. Department of Energy's Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office has prepared the following fact sheet of the chromium project: Chromium Project Fact Sheet Fall 2017

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities' revised Long-range water supply plan discusses the chromium risk on page 27: October 2017 - Revised Long-range Water Supply Plan

Los Alamos County's drinking water is safe. Naturally occurring chromium is detected at low levels.  In 2016 this ranged from 4 - 6 parts per billion.  The federal and state drinking water standards are, respectively, 100 and 50 parts per billion.  Read the 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report.