I strongly agree with your Dec. 6 editorial "Handling of water
concerns laughable." In the editorial you state "city and school district
officials have seemed to rely too heavily on public relations rather than
frank and open dialogue to handle the recent concern over the presence of
chromium 6 in Burbank's water supply." Nothing could be further from the
The City Council has approached the chromium issue from two fronts.
The first is to give the public as much information as possible on the
subject. To this end the council has asked that we receive a public
report at each week's council meeting from the general manager's office
on the city's efforts to measure, report and deal with chromium in the
water. This report is available to the public at the meeting or in the
city clerk's office any time after the council meeting. Recent reports
have included test results for total chromium and chromium 6 from various
locations in the city. They have also outlined the steps the public could
take to reduce chromium in the water, such as the use of various
technologies the home owner can use to filter out chromium.
Our second front is to do everything possible to reduce the chromium
in the incoming water, even though the jury is still out (and will be for
several more years while the State Department of Health Services performs
the required long term studies) on what the standard should be for
chromium, and on whether or not chromium 6 is carcinogenic when ingested
in liquid form.
We have taken the well with the highest chromium content out of
service. We have begun blending our water in a different way, which will
lower the chromium content, and are working with Glendale and the Los
Angeles Department of Water and Power to explore treatment equipment that
we can install which will remove even more of the chromium before our
water is distributed.
You end your editorial with "all the while, the public remains thirsty
for some straight talk." If this is true, it is also true the Leader owes
its readership some more straight facts.
BILL WIGGINS is mayor of Burbank.