Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water

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Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water are often found in trace amounts, when testing is performed. An Associated Press investigation found that, of 62 metropolitan areas in the U.S., only 28 tested for pharmaceuticals, and 24 found pharmaceuticals in the drinking water when they tested it.[1]

Test Results

Below is a list of which cities that tested positive for pharmaceuticals in drinking water and the drugs they tested positive for.[2]

Philadelphia: Dirty Water Capital of America?

Testing in Philadelphia found a total of 56 drugs, far more than any other city tested.[3] City water officials say they probably found more drugs "simply because they did more testing." Given how many other cities do not test their water at all, this is quite possibly a logical explanation for at least some of their findings. They also insist that their water is safe to drink. The drugs found in Philadelphia's water include the following:

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  1. AN AP INVESTIGATION : Pharmaceuticals Found in Drinking Water, Associated Press, Accessed September 3, 2010.
  2. Pharmawater-Metros-By-Results, Associated Press, Accessed September 3, 2010.
  3. Jeff Donn, PHARMAWATER-PHILADELPHIA DRUGS, Associated Press, Accessed September 3, 2010.

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