Drugs in our Tap (Faucet) Water?

June 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Faucet (tap) Water

The UK’s drinking water supplies are being tested for the presence of prescription drugs amid fears that rivers are being contaminated by pharmaceuticals being flushed unwittingly down the drain.

Not only are the rivers being tested but they will also test the tap water after it has been through the water-treatment cycle. A number of the most common and potentially dangerous prescription drugs will be tested for and the river Thames seems to be the prime target due to its catchment area covering the most densely populated part of the country.

Anti-cancer drugs are the main problem as they can be excreted unaltered from the body and are difficult to remove by conventional water-treatment. 50 or so of these drugs are used by patients in Britain and researchers are concerned they may have an additive effect.

For the full story… The Independent