Briefly in the News

January 12, 2011

State sends $1.9M for chromium 6 project

Glendale Water & Power officials on Tuesday announced that they had received a long-awaited state reimbursement for $1.9 million toward ongoing efforts to remove chromium 6 from underground aquifers.

As of July, Glendale had received just $50,000 of the state's $2.5-million pledge for the project, in which utility officials are working with a coalition of stakeholders to determine which of two filtering processes are more efficient and effective for widespread use.


The outcome could have broad implications nationwide for how governments and utilities filter cancer-causing hexavalent chromium from underground water.

The stalled state funding had prompted Glendale to threaten pulling the plug on the project, but late last year, word came down from Sacramento that the money had been freed up. The overall cost of the project is pegged at $5 million.

Both filtering methods have been successful at stripping chromium 6 from contaminated water left behind by the manufacturing industry that once dominated the San Fernando Road corridor. Glendale Water & Power currently keeps chromium 6 levels well below public health limits by blending local water with imports from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

City leaders to talk about ADI issues

Mayor Ara Najarian and City Manager Jim Starbird are scheduled to appear live Thursday on "The Larry Zarian Show" to discuss a number of issues, including the recent revelations on a prominent affordable housing developer under investigation for allegedly bilking Glendale out of millions of dollars.

In addition to discussing how the city is addressing the allegations made against the developer, Advanced Development & Investment Inc., Najarian and Starbird will also likely talk about their expectation for the upcoming budget talks for the next fiscal year given the proposal recently released by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The show airs at 7 p.m. on Charter Cable Channel 380. The viewer call-in number is (818) 547-3668.

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