On C.N.N. today:
“(AP) – 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.
In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas -- from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from
The situation is undoubtedly worse than suggested by the positive test results in the major population centers documented by the AP.”
Here are some of the key test results obtained by the AP:
The Washington Post headline reads:
Drugs in Water Hurt Fish and Wildlife:
According to the report, the affected species include: fish, prawns, oysters, mussels, vultures, snails, antelope etc.
“Pharmaceuticals in the water are being blamed for severe reproductive problems in many types of fish: The endangered razorback sucker and male fathead minnow have been found with lower sperm counts and damaged sperm; some walleyes and male carp have become what are called feminized fish, producing egg yolk proteins typically made only by females.
Meanwhile, female fish have developed male genital organs. Also, there are skewed sex ratios in some aquatic populations, and sexually abnormal bass that produce cells for both sperm and eggs.There are problems with other wildlife as well: kidney failure in vultures, impaired reproduction in mussels, inhibited growth in algae.”
Are we just looking at the excesses of the Americans? Apparently not. The same article reports:
“Elsewhere in the world: from the icy streams of
… Freshwater mussels exposed to tiny amounts of an antidepressant's active ingredient released premature larvae, giving the next generation lower odds of survival; in a separate lab study, the antidepressant also stunted reproduction in tiny fresh water mud snails….
Have the locals in
You may ask: What about bottled water? Antimony, a chemical used in the making of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, used by most mineral-water sellers, can be detected in bottled water, according to Prof. Shotyk at the
“Bottled water had an average 160 ppt of antimony when opened immediately after bottling. But ground water stored in a PET plastic bottle had 630 ppt of antimony when opened six months later.
Prof. Shotyk no longer drinks water from PET bottles.”
Also, don’t forget that some bottlers simply repackage tap water. According to the industry's main trade group, they do not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals.
I think I will start my own distillation plant for water, like they do in
Or else just drink wine.