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As if consumer concerns about the safety of the food supply weren't enough, now comes news that the nation’s tap water isn’t everything that we thought it was.

In the words of Time, “A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans … To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.

But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.”

Time goes on:

“How do the drugs get into the water?

“People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue.

“And while researchers do not yet understand the exact risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals, recent studies — which have gone virtually unnoticed by the general public — have found alarming effects on human cells and wildlife.”

KC's View:
I’m beginning to wonder when consumers are going to start becoming numb to all this stuff.

Of course, it now seems entirely possible that if we’re numb, it’s because stuff in the water is making us that way.

Either way, bottled spring water is beginning to look a lot better. And one can imagine that retailers can start promoting it with large signs that say things like, “No Pharmaceuticals Added!”