Study Finds Pharmaceutical Contamination in Wastewater Treatment Plants

by wfnblog on May 3, 2010


water treatment facilityA recent study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), reported in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, found “widespread but low levels of pharmaceutical contamination” in wastewater treatment plants. The “study examined 25 of the state’s 500 municipal treatment plants.”

While the levels of pharmaceutical contamination were low, the long-term effect on the environment is unknown, according to the MPCA researcher.

For homeowners, reports like this are always disconcerting. Those who rely strictly on municipal wells for their drinking water put a lot of trust in their city’s ability to provide them with the healthiest and safest water possible. And while the levels of pharmaceutical contaminants in this particular study are low, we don’t know the long-term effects, if any, of continual exposure.

However, homeowners do have some recourse. Reverse osmosis systems have been found to reduce fluoride in water, which is a concern to many, and may be effective for reducing pharmaceutical contaminants, as well. However, more testing still needs to be completed.

Like standard water filters, reverse osmosis systems serve as a solid and cost effective solution for a variety of contaminants present in drinking water. Many filters can also specifically screen for contaminants present in a particular area—or for a contaminant that is of the most concern to you and your family.

Homeowners don’t have to be defenseless in their fight against contaminants in their drinking water.

Make sure to check out WaterFilters.NET for a complete list of water filters and reverse osmosis systems that meet your specific needs.

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