A comprehensive survey of the drinking water for more than 28 million Americans.

The 11 most frequently detected compounds (pharmaceuticals and hormonally active chemicals) – all found at extremely low concentrations – were:


Atenolol, a beta-blocker used to treat cardiovascular disease

Atrazine, an organic herbicide banned in the European Union, but still used in the US, which has been implicated in the decline of fish stocks and in changes in animal behaviour

Carbamazepine, a mood-stabilising drug used to treat bipolar disorder, amongst other things

Estrone, an oestrogen hormone secreted by the ovaries and blamed for causing gender-bending changes in fish

Gemfibrozil, an anti-cholesterol drug

Meprobamate, a tranquiliser widely used in psychiatric treatment

Naproxen, a painkiller and anti-inflammatory linked to increases in asthma incidence

Phenytoin, an anticonvulsant that has been used to treat epilepsy

Sulfamethoxazole, an antibiotic used against the Streptococcus bacteria, which is responsible for tonsillitis and other diseases

TCEP, a reducing agent used in molecular biology

Trimethoprim, another antibiotic


The concentrations of pharmaceuticals in drinking water were millions of times lower than in a medical dose and pose no public threat.

“As we continue to populate and aggregate, our wastes will certainly accumulate where we live,” he says. “We as a species have decided to live a modern life, with pharmaceuticals, plastics, transportation – therefore we must accept that there will be a certain degree of contamination.”

Source: New Scientist

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5 thoughts on “What is in the US Drinking Water?

  1. Parkerhealthsolutions,

    That is an interesting technique, but it would be nice to see a comparison of methods before claiming superiority of one of them.

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    大神先生,

    Indeed. Based on these results, it looks like we are quite safe 😛

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