Last year the Associated Press ran an investigation to check the levels of pharmaceuticals in drinking water. The results were shocking:
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.
They tested 24 metropolitan areas, but also say that these kinds of chemicals are found in water supplies all over the world. Of course the amount of any particular pharmaceutical found in drinking water is very low, the problem is that no one knows what the cumulative long-term effects of all this mixture of drugs will be. During that study they would not release exactly which pharmaceuticals they found.
Now a new study has been done by the Southern Nevada Water Authority testing 19 different water utilities for 51 compounds, and they did release the list of the top 11 pharmaceuticals that they found. They include beta-blockers, an organic herbicide, a mood stabilizer, a tranquilizer, an antibiotic, and more.
Thankfully Austin was one of the 3 cities that tested clean of all pharmaceuticals in the original study a year ago.