Pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupting chemicals

 Posted January 2006

By Erin M. Snyder, Richard C. Pleus, and Shane A. Snyder

Pharmaceuticals and EDCs in the U.S. water industry, which appeared in the November 2005 edition of the AWWA Journal, says that, “Prescription and nonprescription pharmaceuticals or their metabolites have been reported to occur at very small concentrations in some finished drinking water samples in the U.S.” And that, “Certain endocrine disrupting chemicals have been measured in the effluents of some wastewater treatment plants at concentrations that have been demonstrated in laboratory studies to cause endocrine effects in fish.”

Potential courses of action, and the need for ongoing research are outlined in the complete article, which can be found by clicking here.