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Environmental groups and the Tallahassee utility are bumping heads over the safety of the water. Florida A&M's, Esi Yamoah, tells how local residents can respond to the reports: You may have heard the term "chromium 6" from the movie, Erin Brockovich; Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6, has again risen as an issue after a national watchdog study has show high levels of the substance in drinking water across the country.

According to the National Toxicology Program (NTP), chromium 6 is a naturally occurring element found basically everywhere – From rocks to volcanic dust. Chromium 6 can seep into underground steel pipes.

But what happens when chromium 6 is in your tap water? High levels of chromium 6, could cause intestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage, cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the maximum standard for chromium as well as chromium 6 is 100 parts per billion.

The Environmental Working Group a non- profit organization informs about the environment and public health. They have detected a high level of chromium 6 in over half of the United States. According to the tests Tallahassee ranks 6th.

Water Quality manager, Jamie Shakar, located in Tallahassee disputes about EWG’s studies. Shakar says that Tallahassee’s water is safe. According to Shakar, Tallahassee’s water averages to 1 parts per billion. Which are lower than the EPA’s requirements.

Being from Tallahassee what do you do? Well the first thing you can do is become more educated about your environment in your community. Second, if you want to go and buy a water filter or boil your water. It is important to always know what us in your drinking water.