Apparently, Your Tap Water isn’t as Clean as You Think

One big story over the weekend is that an Associated Press investigation found that more than 41 million Americans are drinking water contaminated by antibiotic, anti-depression medicine, and sex hormones for areas from Southern California to Northern New Jersey.

It really sounds scary when thinking of all the stuff coming out of my tap. However, the report did mention that the amount of contamination found in our drinking water is very, very small. So tiny that you may have to drink a billion, or trillion, glasses of water just to get the amount of drug from the water that’s equivalent to a dose of medicine.

The real problem isn’t what one element in the water can cause for our health, but so many drugs, OTC or prescribed, all together over the long-term. Taking one pill in my life is one thing. Taking a little bit everyday for my life is clearly another.

If tap water is “dangerous,” what about bottled water or filtered water? They are not “safe” either, thee report says.

Even users of bottled water and home filtration systems don’t necessarily avoid exposure. Bottlers, some of which simply repackage tap water, do not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals, according to the industry’s main trade group. The same goes for the makers of home filtration systems.

Looks like we got nowhere to hide but live in this dangerous world :(

Does this study make you think twice every time you get a glass of “clean” water fro your tap from now?

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5 Responses to “Apparently, Your Tap Water isn’t as Clean as You Think”

  1. No Debt Plan |  Mar 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Sounds like a market in the waiting… develop a home system that –will– treat for medications.

    Ah, now if I only knew how to do that…

  2. Jesse |  Mar 11, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    The funny thing is, they have been saying for years that drinking water is better than bottled water…hmmmm

  3. Patty |  Mar 12, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    We are all doomed! Nothing is safe anymore NOTHING. We have all been scammed with the bottled water sh*t. I am gonna spend all my savings now and have fun cuz we are doomed! DOOMED I TELL YA! Whew, I am okay now…excuse me for having a moment of reality. Now back to the real world lol thank you and good night!

  4. moonimus |  Mar 12, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I guess we’ll all have to drink distilled water and take multi vitamins. I’m going to continue to drink tap water though I do wonder what will happen to me after 40 – 50 years of exposure.