Would You Like Drugs With That?
Pharmaceuticals in U.S. Tap Water
Antibiotics, sex hormones, and other prescription drugs contaminate drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, according to a 5-month investigation by the Associated Press.
What's in your water?
Use EWG's National Tap Water Quality database.
How'd the drugs get there? When people take pills, their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it is flushed down the toilet. Water treatment plants aren't designed to remove pharmaceutical residues, so they stay in the water.
What you can do:
- learn more about drugs in tap water
- find out what else is in your water in EWG's Tap Water Database
- use a reverse osmosis filtration system to remove many chemicals (though we're still investigating which filtration systems remove pharmaceuticals - stay tuned for more info)