Prescription Drugs in Water


Source of Prescription Drugs in Water: Since the 1990's, studies have shown that the amount of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in drinking water including veterinary drugs, mood stabilizers, and natural health products like vitamins, has been increasing. For example, oral contraceptives had been found in California's drinking water. In New Jersey, communities surrounding a manufacturing plant were consuming a mood-stabilizing drug in their water. These products can get into the water supply in several different ways. This can include improper disposal of unused or out of date drugs by flushing them down the drain or toilet. If this waste goes into a sewer system, the sewage tank may seep waste and drugs out into the surrounding groundwater. Domestic farm animals or pets that are treated with prescription drugs can also excrete waste that then seeps into groundwater or surface water. Manufacturers of these pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) may also dispose of waste improperly causing water pollution. The EPA does not currently require municipalities to test for or look for PPCPs in their water. 

Symptoms of Prescription Drugs: So far, there has been no long range study focusing on the health effects of these PPCPs on humans. However, there have been some studies on animals showing detrimental effects on the reproduction and neurological systems. The World Health Organization has said that even though there is a lack of research, there may still be harmful side effects occurring. 

Filtration Solutions for Prescription Drugs in Water: The presence of PPCPs is a problem for both municipal customers and well owners. To ensure that you and your family are not getting dosed with unwanted chemicals and prescriptions, use a filtration system that will remove these unwanted contaminants. Reverse osmosis systems and ultrafiltration are a great choice to remove antibiotics, hormones, mood stabilizers, and other drugs from your water supply.