Prescription drugs found in drinking water across U.S.
updated 1:45 a.m. EDT, Mon March 10, 2008
(AP) -- A vast array of pharmaceuticals -- including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones -- have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.
To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.
The AP photocaption: "Officials in Philadelphia say testing there discovered 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts in treated drinking water."
Water treatment doesn't remove everything, I guess.
Sex hormones in San Francisco water? That explains quite a lot...
However, it looks like Albuquerque, NM and Austin, TX have pharma-free water. What about Deming, NM? Isn't it the "home of pure water and fast ducks"?
This shows a weakness in the water supply system. If the baddies could flush enough Valium down the loo, they could walk in and take over while we are all sleeping it off (or in my case, puking non-stop).
While the concentrations are too low to have a medical effect, what does this mean for the agriculture industry? One must wonder if the "medical waste" is being absorbed and concentrated in those hydroponic tomatoes, lettuce, legumes, and strawberries sold out of season.