Pharmaceuticals In Drinking Water
What’s the truth about drugs in my tap water?
Yes, your tap water may very well contain traces of prescription drugs. A recent Associated Press investigation found the drinking water of 41 million Americans in 24 major metropolitan areas contained a traces of prescription drugs. These included among others, sex hormones, mood stabilizers, antibiotics and anti-convulsants. These drugs were found in the drinking water supplies in 24 major metropolitan areas – from Southern California to Northern New Jersey. How does this happen? Just like taking vitamins when you take drugs some of it passes trough your body as urine. often times unused drugs are flushed down the toilet. The waste water is treated by the city before its discharged into lakes and rivers. Overtime that same water is treated again and recycled back into the water supply. Your municipal water treatment systems do remove drug residues in their treatment process. This means people should be looking at a home water filtration system that does remove drugs and other contaminates from their drinking water. The AP has mentioned reverse osmosis as a water filtration solution that removes virtually all pharmaceutical contaminants.
There’s More, Much More
A new study by the Environmental Working Group found hexavalent chromium in the tap water of 31 out of 35 cities sampled. Hexavalent chromium has long been known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, but scientists only recently found evidence that it causes cancer in laboratory animals when ingested. It has been linked in animals to liver and kidney damage as well as leukemia, stomach cancer and other cancers. A widely used industrial chemical until the early 1990s, hexavalent chromium is still used in some industries, such as in chrome plating and the manufacturing of plastics and dyes. The chemical can also leach into groundwater from natural ores. To add insult to injury, this information is not made readily available to the public because, as the head of one of California water suppliers said, “the public doesn’t know how to interpret the information” and might be unduly alarmed. According to a New York Times analysis of federal data more than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years.
This Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg.
We have over 60,000 chemicals used in the United States. Unfortunately, the law that regulates our water, the Safe Drinking Water Act, is decidedly outdated: A recent analysis of drinking-water laws by The New York Times found that not a single contaminant has been added to the act’s list of regulated chemicals since 2000. Less than 100 chemical contaminates are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. In some cases, where research has found that chemicals can be harmful at lower doses than previously believed, the standards for regulating those chemicals have remained unchanged since 1974 when the law went into affect. And new threats like hydraulic fracturing used in natural gas drilling use chemicals exempt from regulation and could further pollute our drinking water.
Protect You Family
Protect your family’s health and future with the proper water filtration system. A quality water filter is the best and maybe the only solution available these days. Have your water tested and get a filter designed to remove the contaminates discovered. You will be able to save money, protect the environment and provide healthier drinking water for your family by simply installing a home water filtration system.
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