Philly Water = FAIL

“_Officials in Philadelphia said testing there discovered 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts in treated drinking water, including medicines for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems. Sixty-three pharmaceuticals or byproducts were found in the city’s watersheds.”


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2 Responses to Philly Water = FAIL

  1. Joe,

    Gotta disagree with the red alert here.

    The levels of these drugs are very low. Also, since there is currently no known way of removing these drugs via treated sewage plants (outgoing) OR water supply (incoming), it isn’t really their fault. The fact is that population density is increasing, medication use is increasing, and our ability to detect ever smaller amounts of substances is increasing. Put the three together and you get this article.

    This is an issue that is getting onto water engineering radar. Not because of the current levels, but because they are sure to grow. A few years and you’ll see new regulation and industry practices and we’ll get this licked…before it starts to hurt people. Right now, it MAY be hurting little things that live IN the water and are many orders of magnitude more susceptible.

    I drink tap. I think paying for bottled water is ridiculous. I doubt a filter will remove these contaminants. I’ll bet that many bottled waters also have the same problem…whether from municipal or spring. You can’t get away from it.

    The solution is trixsy enzymes that can eat these drugs in wastewater. Right now they are unmetabolizable.


  2. Joe says:

    Well put. However, the affects of these drugs over time are unknown. While the amounts are extremely small, no one knows what affects these amounts will have over time if consumed on a regular basis. I’m with you, but it is healthy to be mindful of the problem. Reverse Osmosis filters will remove these particles. I should note that I don’t have one, but if I was to get a filter for my water supply. it would be reverse osmosis filter.


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