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Pharmaceuticals in US drinking water

I just an article on drugs in our water supply:

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.

I use one of Brita’s on-tap water filtration systems so I contacted their support to find out if their system catches any of these, and if they could provide me with any research or other info on it. Their site says they will reply within 48 hours, however the article makes it sound like the filter most likely does not remove drugs:

Even users of bottled water and home filtration systems don’t necessarily avoid exposure. Bottlers, some of which simply repackage tap water, do not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals, according to the industry’s main trade group. The same goes for the makers of home filtration systems.

I also learned that Brita is a Clorox company, which made this line jump out at me:

Another issue: There’s evidence that adding chlorine, a common process in conventional drinking water treatment plants, makes some pharmaceuticals more toxic.

Full article here:

AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water

Edit 3/12/08 at 9:45pm:  I got a reply from Brita today:

Brita has not tested to determine whether our products filter out pharmaceuticals, but it is now something our scientists will investigate. All Brita pitcher filters reduce lead, mercury, copper, cadmium, benzene and the taste and odor of chlorine in tap water while keeping a healthy level of fluoride ¿ a water additive that promotes strong teeth.  All faucet mount filtration systems reduce chlorine, lead and asbestos. Depending on the faucet filtration system you choose, other impurities may be reduced as well, including mercury, benzene, turbidity (microorganism such as viruses, parasites and some bacteria) or Cryptosporidium/Giardia.  Please see Brita.com for the exact impurities each type of faucet mount reduces.  Brita is committed to providing healthier, great tasting water to all who use our filtration systems. 

2 Comments

  1. Ahh, now how will I ever get the recommended amount of water when now I can’t even drink my tap water, and its doesn’t make any pennies (cents) to spend my hard earn dollhairs on gallons of water, that are just shipped in tap water. I’m scared… maybe I should forget about this H2O and just drink more of the hard stuff. Great info… I knew my brita was a poser.

  2. great post! you should write another one!

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