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PHARMACEUTICALS - undetectable smell or taste

 

Pharmaceuticals in our nation’s water supply have been a concern for a decade or longer. Most pharmaceutical waste comes from unmetabolized medications that people have passed along into wastewater. Another route that drugs enter our water supply comes from the massive amounts of toxic pharmaceutical waste that is flushed down toilets from health service industries such as hospitals, hospices and nursing homes. The Environmental Protection Agency has no standard to limit the amount of drug waste that can be released into waterways by these medical industries.  Investigations have shown that many pharmaceuticals remain in the water even after wastewater treatments and cleansing by water treatment plants. 


Studies have revealed that pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics, hormones, mood stabilizers, medications for cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, heart conditions and other health problems have been detected in our drinking water supplies.  According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, drinking water contaminated with pharmaceuticals affects at least 46 million Americans. Currently, the federal government does not require water suppliers to test our drinking water for pharmaceutical contamination.

 

 

Origins and Fate of PPCPs in the Environment [view pdf]

 

 

 

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