Hexavalent Chromium and Heavy Metals Plague Indian Lakes

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Article courtesy of the Staff of Deccan Chronicle | December 27th, 2016 | The Deccan Chronicle | Shared as educational material.

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In all samples taken from five lakes and groundwater in Hyderabad, India, a study found high concentrations of hexavalent chromium, a dangerous form of chromium. The high concentrations exceeded standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Heavy exposure to this form of chromium results in extensive skin rashes, weakened immune system, genetic material alteration, kidney and liver damage, and cancer. The study also discovered levels of cadmium and lead that exceed WHO and BIS standards, which can affect human health. Heavy metal concentrations endanger anyone that ingests them over a long time period or consumes excessive amounts regardless of age, gender, or health status. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2mapmMa

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