The Effect Of Prescription Drugs In Our Drinking Water

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According to an investigation by the Associated Press, there is a notable presence of pharmaceuticals and other drugs in our tap water. This is of great concern for many homeowners who don’t use water filters since the water they use to shower, clean their dishes, and even drink could be causing issues with their overall health.

How Does Medicine Get Into Our Water Supply?

Medicine that is no longer used or expired is often flushed down the toilet. Some might think that the filtration system used to clean large contaminants from the water can filter out the drugs but unfortunately that is not the case. The particles from the drugs are too fine to be filtered out, so they end up in detectable amounts in our water supply.

Levels of the medications – such as antibiotics, hormones, mood stabilizers, and more – don’t have to come from only unused products. Some of the medication that is ingested is absorbed and passed out as urine and feces. While water treatment plants remove most of the pollutants in the water, there might be some chemicals remaining in the water after treatment.

How To Properly Dispose Of Prescription Drugs According To The FDA

According to the FDA, to properly dispose of OTC drugs and most prescription drugs you have to:

  1. Take the drugs out of their container
  2. Mix the drugs with coffee grounds, dirt, or used kitty litter
  3. Place them in a plastic bag
  4. Throw the bag in the garbage

Unfortunately this only prevents others from consuming the drugs. The bags will make their way to the landfill where they could seep into the water supply and contaminate your home’s water.

There are also a variety of events hosted by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) where they collect medicine donations from people and burn them at a commercial facility to turn it into ash. These take back programs are often the most effective, since they destroy the medicine and make the chemicals in them inert.

How Water Filtration Systems Can Keep Your Home Safe

Eliminating the risk of having medicine in your water supply is important to ensure that your home and family are safe. Our water filtration and softening products reduce the hard minerals in the water for your home while also fully treating it to remove any potential pollutants that water treatment facilities cannot clean. This will ensure that the water your family drinks will be chemical-free and clean.

Clean, Filtered Water For Your Home

Jason’s Water Systems offers a wide variety of systems that provide you and your family with the best water quality in all of San Antonio. Whether you’re concerned about the level of minerals or the pollutants that your family consumes, let Jason’s Water Systems provide you with peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more!

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