Reported here September 26, 2016, with no response from the City of Yelm!
Credit: Environmental Working Group via Weather.com
– Editor’s Note:
Yelm’s reclaimed water system was heralded as one of the most innovative systems when introduced in the early 1990s. However, lack of upkeep plus years of maintenance deferrals “kicked the can down the road.” If Yelm’s Public Works was funded to maintain the 5-star system as when built, perhaps the City of Yelm water system would not have tested positive for chromium, with “7 contaminants above health guidelines,” and “5 other detected contaminants,” according to the Environmental Working Group. The former mayor and complicit counselors deferred maintenance from 2009-2016, while voting for annual water rate increases 2009-2015 inclusive, and additional sewer fee increases that began in 2013.
On October 30, 2014, the Nisqually Valley News reported that the Yelm Community Center, whose bonds were rejected TWICE on ballot propositions, was being partially funded by water-sewer reserves, funds set aside for water-sewer emergencies, which the Yelm City Council approved: ‘$11,780 from the water reserve fund, and $58,300 from the sewer reserve fund.” Read more
Yelm has had an interim mayor for a year who was a former councilor complicit with voting to defer maintenance and increase sewer fees, and who has not engaged the public with the serious situation requiring full attention at Public Works, where as an example, a circa 1990s computer is still running the system.
– Story Highlights:
* Chromium 6 in drinking water of more than 200 Million Americans
* Carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich” with Julia Roberts
* All 7 Thurston County water systems tested positive for chromium-6
* City of Yelm water tested positive for chromium, 7 contaminants above guidelines, plus 5 other detected contaminants in Yelm’s water, by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
* What can you do? Buy a counter-top water filter.
* Yelm’s Survival Center an excellent source for water filters.
* Deferred maintenance on Yelm’s water system since 2008 needs transparency.
– “‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical in Drinking Water of More than 200 Million Americans”
“Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich,” which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap water in a California desert town. But there are no national regulations for the compound – and the chemical industry is trying to keep it that way.
Today [September 20, 2016] EWG released an analysis of more than 60,000 tap water tests conducted nationwide, finding that chromium-6, or hexavalent chromium, is in the tap water of more than 218 million Americans,” quoting Bill Walker, Vice President and Managing Editor and David Andrews, Senior Scientist, Environmental Working Group.
Credit: Environmental Working Group
– Chromium-6 Testing Report for Thurston County, Washington:
All 7 water systems tested positive for chromium-6.
92 out of 104 samples tested positive for chromium-6.
[Interactive Map access at bottom]
* County-wide Statistics
Average: 0.230 ppb
Range: ND – 0.574 ppb
* California Public Health Goal: 0.02 ppb
* Systems Containing Chromium-6
– Lacey Water Department
– City of Olympia
– City of Tumwater
– City of Yelm
– Scenic Shores Water Company
– Bucoda Water Dept.
– Eagle Estates
Click here for the Interactive Map.
Click here for the 2015 City of Yelm Water Quality Report.
– UPDATE: October 1, 2016
“My statement on @ewg findings of nationwide Chrom-6 drinking water contamination”
By Erin Brockovich, Tweeted September 20, 2016.