drinking waterBoy the news about the environment just keeps getting worse. Now they are finding trace levels of pharmaceuticals in drinking water which were excreted from humans and there isn’t a good way of getting rid of them. The impact on humans is not known but it is generally not considered good. And it seems to me that these levels will just keep rising.

AP probe finds drugs in drinking water – Yahoo! News

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.

But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.

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