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Last updated 8:33PM ET
December 12, 2017
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
Level of Pharmaceutical Drugs in Drinking Water Under Review
(wfcr) - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are about to undertake a major study to determine the level of pharmaceutical drugs in New England's drinking water supply. The year-long study will test unfiltered water entering over a dozen wastewater treatment plants in the region. David Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UMASS and lead researcher of the project, says his group will also test how effective the water utilities are at removing the pharmaceuticals and other contaminants. He says he agrees with an Associated Press report that that found trace amount of drugs in water, but well below levels that might cause a concern to public health. Reckhow says the study will also test how pharmaceuticals are affecting the fish population. According to the AP report, drugs in the water are being blamed for severe reproductive problems in many types of fish © Copyright 2017, wfcr