In the United States, our municipal water delivery systems are overburdened by poor quality source water. The only way cities can meet the federal mandated water standards is by adding more chemicals, most often, chlorine…a well known carcinogen.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates and sets acceptable limits on huge amounts of impurities and chemicals in our national drinking water. However the EPA’s “approved levels” are unclear as to what toxicity levels if any are really safe.
A larger looming problem is the pharmaceutical drugs that are currently present in our water systems. Prescription medications have and are continuing to pollute our municipal water supplies. This is caused by human consumption of prescription drugs. It is a fact that our bodies absorb some but not all of these medications.
A large percentage of drugs pass through our bodies and are flushed away. Unfortunately, waste water treatment facilities are not set up to remove drug residue. If you are drinking, cooking or bathing in tap or reverse osmosis water you are being exposed to other peoples medications.
Medications pose a unique danger because, unlike most pollutants, they are designed to act on the body at extremely low concentrations. The EPA has no set safety limits for pharmaceuticals in water and there are no sewage treatment systems specifically engineered to remove drugs from our water.
So what is a person to do? Our mission has to be to create innovative, chlorine-free, no-waste, “green” technologies for drinking, bathing, showering, and swimming. The solution lies in better technology, better filtration, better consumer education.