How do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water? Did this question cross your mind after the recent release of an AP investigative report on the subject?
Before the story, I never thought about what was in the water that I was drinking. I felt safe. The only time I ever worried about the water that I drinking was when we had a severe storm and a boil water order was issued.
But, after seeing that headline flash on the TV screen, I knew I needed to know more. Just like you I asked myself the question, "How do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water?"
Then I thought about it for a minute. I thought about all the places that drugs are found starting with the labs that create the drugs. From there, the pharmaceuticals reach hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, pharmacies, patients, veterinarians, farmers and the list goes on. I thought about how they get from one place to another. They are transported by boat, plane, car, truck, and mail carrier. And finally I thought about the billions of people who use pharmaceuticals everyday. It didn't take me very long to realize the answer to my question, "How do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water?" The answer is a simple one. We put them there.
Drug recalls, expired drugs, defective drugs all have to go somewhere. They end up in landfills or flushed down the drain. We do it in our homes. If we have expired or left over medicine, what do we do with it? We put it in the trash; rinse it down the drain or flush it down the toilet. No matter which method is chosen the drugs eventually end up in the water It really is a wonder that we don't read more articles with the headline: probe finds drugs in drinking water.
But, answering the question, "How do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water?" wasn't enough for me. I wanted to know how I could protect my family.
I ran out and bought a case of bottled water But, then I discovered that the water that I had bought was tap water in a bottle. In fact, I discovered that most bottled water is tap water This definitely wasn't the right choice.
I didn't want to have to worry ever again if I read: "Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water" in my local newspaper. So I checked out getting a water filtration system for my home.
There were a lot of different water filtration methods available. I found distillers, reverse osmosis systems, carbon-ion systems etc.; but which one was right for me?
I checked them out and discovered that the carbon-ion filtration method did the best job when it comes to making sure that the drugs found in our drinking water will not reach my children's lips.
The carbon-ion filtration method is twofold. First the thick carbon block filters the water so any bacteria, chemical, or other sediment is trapped. The ion exchange acts to render the drugs and other chemicals found in water inert.
I found out through my research that I don't really need to know the answer to the question: "how do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water?". Or have to worry about headlines that read; "probe finds drugs in drinking water " I just have to sit back and let my carbon-ion filtration work for me.