Drugs In The Water

Mar 10, 2008 by

I was sitting down to relax a bit after work, aimlessly surfing the news stories on the web when I ran across this disturbing little piece in Wired about trace quantities of pharmaceuticals in the groundwater nationwide.

Of course New Orleans turns up about a third of the way in when they begin talking about faulty testing data:

In several cases, officials at municipal or regional water providers told the AP that pharmaceuticals had not been detected, but the AP obtained the results of tests conducted by independent researchers that showed otherwise. For example, water department officials in New Orleans said their water had not been tested for pharmaceuticals, but a Tulane University researcher and his students have published a study that found the pain reliever naproxen, the sex hormone estrone and the anti-cholesterol drug byproduct clofibric acid in treated drinking water.

Read the whole piece, it will give you a few chills. In the meantime I would love to talk to anyone who has any knowledge of this, if you do please leave a comment or drop us an email.

Loki, Founder HumidCity

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