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Just Water, Please. Skip the Hormones

Hormones out of Drinking WaterWastewater treatment facilities remove a range of chemicals and microbes from municipal sources before recirculating cleaned water into municipal water supplies, and the EPA mandates that community water utilities test water to make sure it meets the EPA’s standards. However, not all chemicals of concern are regulated in drinking water, including some hormone-disrupting chemicals found in some pharmaceuticals. Studies of drinking water have found trace amounts of estrogens, along with other medications.

What Now?

Research is needed to develop affordable methods for utilities to remove hormonally-active chemicals from water. In addition, pharmaceutical companies should be required to take back unused medications, so that hormones and other medications aren’t flushed down the drain or placed in landfills where they can leach into groundwater supplies and then make their way into our drinking water.

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