Are dangerous pesticides getting into our tap water?
A recent report from the USA study earlier this year found bug-killing neonicotoids had entered the human drinking water chain. According to the study, published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, chemists and engineers from the U.S. Geological Survey, a federal agency, and the University of Iowa, identified the presence of three neonicotinoids in drinking water delivered from an Iowa City treatment facility. Do we have a similar problem in the United Kingdom?
Research on pesticides in the environment getting into our tap water in the UK is hard to find, but a study by Brunel University says ‘Every time you enjoy a cool, clear glass of tap water, you could be drinking a cocktail of other people’s second-hand medications’.
The report notes how ‘the amount of medicines now being excreted into the water is stunning. Nearly half of women and men in England now regularly take prescription drugs — with a significant proportion taking at least three prescriptions each, according to official figures (with antidepressants, statins and painkillers among the most commonly prescribed medications). And we’re effectively taking some of what they’re taking, as recent research has found’.
John Sumpter, professor of ecotoxicology at Brunel University London, quoted on the Brunel University website, said that ‘while the risks of pharmaceuticals for humans are unknown and possibly minuscule: ‘in general you don’t want strongly psychoactive drugs such as antidepressants in the environment. When they get into the water system they retain their powerful biological activity.’
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