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Water Company Informative - Is your drinking water safe

Review by 23169 on 2008-03-10
Well, maybe now we know what's going on?

Breaking from Newsmax.com

AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water

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.
To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe. But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.

Read the full story at Newsmax
Comments:43 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-03-10
Posted by Sparticus on 2008-03-10:
This is kind of scary stuff. I have always had a secret paranoia about our country's public water supply system being tainted... Great now I'll never drink water again...
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
That's why I only drink diet sodas and beer.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Saw this on the news last night, scary stuff indeed.
Posted by Sparticus on 2008-03-10:
I'm seeing a new business opportunity opening up here... Have your home water tested for only $99 with our free do-it-yourself kit. Shipping and handling extra...
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Spart, did you read the whole thing at the link provided by M3C? I had it posted but it was a bit long and even scarier. I once got a water bill when I lived in San Jose, CA and it said, "This water is not meant for drinking water and can cause serious harm to pregnant mothers" It went on to say in short, Take a bath cook with it but don't drink it!
Posted by Sparticus on 2008-03-10:
Holy crap! Your water bill said that??? Yeah I read the whole thing. I'm on private well, so at first I thought I was safe... But they said even wells can be contaminated. Not as much as public water, but still contaminated.

Very scary indeed.
Posted by old fart on 2008-03-10:
What's scary guys...?
With any luck, your water will be loaded with Viagra...!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
I'm certainly glad I don't live in California.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Yeah, it said that and I kept it because no body believed it till they read it but I lost it in the move. I am also on a private well and I am up in the mountains so at least I only have a few houses above me but it still scares me what they do up there?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Stew, they found some in OK. too and you're in the flat lands where everything ends up.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Yeah, Old Fart but mixed with all the other stuff you could start growing it out of your ear or something even worst.
Posted by MRM on 2008-03-10:
Stew, if you can buy sodas and beer, then certainly you can buy bottles of water.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
MRM, you didn't read the whole thing, it's in there too!
Posted by Principissa on 2008-03-10:
I love my Brita pitcher more and more every day.
Posted by MRM on 2008-03-10:
Again, Im always jumping to conclusions.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Why would I pay for water when I can get it out the tap?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Stew you pay for the tap water too and you have to wait for it to fill your glass, thats like work.
Posted by old fart on 2008-03-10:
I dunno Lids... if you see a pretty girl, and she says something to you, you can say, "come real close and repeat that in my ear"...
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Lid's, the Rocky Mountains and front range drain into OK.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
OF, thats a good point.

Super, everything drains into OK and its not pretty.
Posted by old fart on 2008-03-10:
Isn't Stew from OK...?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
One of the Stews resides in Oklahoma.

Regards,
Stew Team
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Yep.
Posted by old fart on 2008-03-10:
Kinda explains a lot don't it...
Posted by old fart on 2008-03-10:
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
The Stew that resides in OK is the goat roper and big foot hunter.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Laugh now Lid-o-gram but when I finally catch big foot then I WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH...

Regards,
Stew Team
Posted by Nohandle on 2008-03-10:
This might have been included in the article, if so I'm sorry for repeating one of the ways drugs end up in the water supply. A friend's Grandmother had been under the care of Hospice for a period of time and there were untold amounts of medications in the home, most controlled substances. When the Grandmother died a family member was instructed to follow the Hospice worker to the bathroom to witness each and every prescription drug being emptied and flushed down the toilet.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Maybe, but I will catch one of the Grays long before you hook up with the foot, take that Sammy’s sister!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
At last a real person with a real comment! Thank you Nohandle for you contribution it is like a breath of fresh air. No that was not in the article and it is another reason to fear what we are drinking and what it is doing to us. VH
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Lid's, does Stew drink a large amount of water everyday?
Posted by jessbabez19 on 2008-03-10:
Medical professionals are instructed to flush expired drugs down the toilet & document it, although I think they should pitch them into a biohazard waste container.
Posted by FoggyOne on 2008-03-10:
eye ain't ceen know diffrnc an eye drnk faucit weater all time.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
jessbabez19, I did not know that but it makes sense that they would do that, out of site out of mind. What have we learned about that one? Not much I think.

Super, he doesn't have to in his case he just absorbs it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
LOL and that's why you call your self Foggy?
Posted by qualityappliance on 2008-03-10:
Could it be that these so called contaminants have been in the bodies of water long before the thought of testing began. All organic materials came from the earth to begin with. Recent advancements in technology may be the reason that they are now at detectable levels. Not long age we were hard pressed to analyze for compounds in water down to the ppb,(parts per billion), level, and the ppt level was unheard of.

Maybe another case of sensationalized reporting.
Posted by PleasedAsPunch on 2008-03-10:
The amounts of drugs in the water is so nominal that you would have to drink millions of glasses of water at once for any amount of any of the drugs to hav eany effect on you.

Also, I had heard recently, that instead of flushing your drugs down the drain, you are supposed to mix it in, and dispose of them with, your kitty litter.

I know that would certainly deter me.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-03-10:
POP STEW...POP! When will you learn?
I seen this on TV today, I thought they were going to say it was from people washing old perscriptions down the drain or flushing them...I WASN'T expecting to hear that it is from the the medication in from one's pee-pee.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Send me all the Vicodin, my back hurts, LOL.
Posted by PleasedAsPunch on 2008-03-10:
super, what'chu do t'your back?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-10:
Blew out a disc almost 20 years ago.
Posted by PleasedAsPunch on 2008-03-10:
Din't anyone tell you you're not supposed to do that? I am tall, I have a couple of bum vertebrae, too.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-03-10:
Hmmmmm...call me weird, but I dont' have any vertebrae in my bum!

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