Do pharmaceuticals pose a threat?
Recent studies have told us these substances are present, but little is known about the effects on people and the environment. The fact that a substance is detectable does not mean the substance is harmful to humans. Research conducted around the world to date has not identified a health concern associated with pharmaceuticals and consumer products at the minute levels detected in the study.

There is a critical need for further studies to determine whether pharmaceuticals and personal care products pose a risk. Research is also needed to identify the best way to address these substances if they are in fact a health risk

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1. Have you tested to see whether your source water contains trace levels of pharmaceuticals?
2. What have the tests shown?
3. Are any of your drinking water intake sites downstream from a wastewater treatment plant?
4. How long have pharmaceuticals been in water?
5. Do pharmaceuticals pose a threat?