Pharmaceuticals In Water

Connecticut Water Industry
Speaks Out On Pharmaceuticals 

A recent Hartford Courant article raised concerns regarding pharmaceuticals in the wastewater stream and their impact on water quality. As stewards of the state’s water resources, the water industry is paying very close attention to this issue.Fortunately, Connecticut is only one of two states in the nation that prohibits discharges from wastewater treatment plants within public water supply watersheds. This means that Connecticut’s public water supplies are at very little risk of exposure to pharmaceuticals that have been flushed through sewers into the wastewater stream.In addition, our public water supplies are tested frequently to meet state and federal requirements. Although water companies are not required to test for pharmaceuticals, companies must test for more than 83 contaminants. Water companies are also required to treat all surface waters used for public water supply; monitor the quality of these waters; and publish water quality reports. The state also helps protect water supplies and watershed areas from development through incentive programs.As a result, Connecticut’s water quality is among the best in the world. We must, however, continue to support laws to protect the quality of our public water supplies, including prohibiting the disposal of medications into waste water treatment facilities.

Mark Decker, President, Connecticut Water Works Association
Kevin Walsh, Chair, CT Section American Water Works Association


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