Kate Cline is editor-in-chief of WQP. Cline can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1007.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has declared next Saturday, April 26, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The agency will work with state and local law enforcement to provide a venue for people to safely dispose of their unused prescription drugs, rather than flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – methods that could result in those drugs eventually reaching our water supplies.
Prescription drugs, along with over-the-counter medications and hormones, are just some of the emerging contaminants in our water supplies that are making the news. The wide variety of potential pharmaceuticals out there can make it hard to advise customers who are concerned about them – there is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment solution. Many municipal water treatment plants are not equipped to remove them from water, not to mention there are no set U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations for some of them.
As new technologies are developed to treat for pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants in water, point-of-use and point-of-entry systems will be the ideal way to put them into use – just one way that the final barrier approach to water treatment will help ensure that the water coming out of our taps is the healthiest and cleanest possible.