WATERSHED CONTAMINATION

NY Governor Spitzer: There's Something In The Water
Albany, NY -- Concerns about the nation's drinking water quality took on grave overtones following New York Governor
Eliot Spitzer's revelation that his recent marital infidelities were due to consumption of tap water contaminated by
prescription drugs.

Milwaukee admits POTWs don't remove pharmaceuticals from sewage - some pass in effluent - the rest is
concentrated in the sludge - and EPA, et al, say sewage sludge biosolids is source of pharmaceuticals applied to land .
. . . and pharmaceuticals spread on land may be eaten by grazing wildlife or livestock, or can run off to surface waters
or leach into groundwater .
Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water
Tests were conducted in the watersheds of 35 of the 62 major
providers surveyed by the AP, and  pharmaceuticals were
detected in 28.

AP Water Probe Prompts Senate Hearings
The Associated Press - 8 hours ago
Two veteran US senators said they plan to hold hearings in
response to an Associated Press investigation into the presence
of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in the drinking water
supplies of at least 41 million Americans.

Cities rarely release water test results USA Today
There are plenty of reasons offered for the secrecy: concerns
about national security, fears of panic, a feeling that the public
will not understand — even confidentiality agreements.
There Are Drugs in Drinking Water. Now What? New York Times
A 2,550 word article from The Associated Press is drawing attention to the widespread problem of trace amounts of
pharmaceutical chemicals turning up in the drinking water supply of millions of Americans, but no one seems to know
how to react. The report itself culminated with a doctor offering a tried-and-true deduction for the Ages:
“That can’t be
good.”

Atlanta Journal Constitution -
Two of the Atlanta region's biggest water suppliers say they don't know if there are drugs in the drinking water they
serve the public because the federal government does not require such testing.  "It would be an additional cost, and no
water utility out there has money lying around to do stuff they are not  required to do," said Janet Ward, spokeswoman
for the Atlanta Watershed Management Department, which serves drinking water to 1.2 million people in Atlanta, Sandy
Springs and Fulton County.

CNN - Washington Post  -

MSNBC -- PHILADELPHIA - Just a century ago, this historic city notched by the Delaware and Schuylkill treated these
rivers as public sewers, but few cared until the waters ran black with stinking filth that spread cholera and typhoid.
Today, municipal drinking water is cleansed of germs — but not drugs.
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Local Drinking Water Less Likely To Have Trace Pharmaceuticals  
Strict regulations prevail; Groton to test in future
 

By Claire Bessette     Published on 3/24/2008  

Connecticut and Rhode Island

Connecticut and Rhode Island residents should feel a bit more at ease with their public drinking water
despite recent studies that have shown a widespread presence of trace pharmaceuticals in public water
supplies across the country, according to local and state officials.

Connecticut and Rhode Island are the only states that prohibit sewer plants from allowing treated water — a
chief source of pharmaceutical contamination
— from entering any waterway that feeds into a public water
drinking supply.
Connecticut also does not allow the plants to spread sewage sludge on land, another
source of pharmaceutical contamination. Instead, sludge is burned at an incinerator.

"  

Iott said while public drinking water is protected from sewage discharges, wildlife in many of the state's
surface waters are exposed to contaminants released in treated sewage water.

“There's no reason to think the same pharmaceuticals having effects in other parts of the country are not
having the same effect here,” Iott said. "
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