WCAI Radio - 'Emerging Contaminants' From Septic Systems Make Way into Drinking Water

September 23, 2013

By Heather Goldstone

Excerpt:Pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and cleaning agents have become routine and, in some cases, indispensable parts of our lives. But do they belong in our drinking water?

We’ve all taken ibuprofen for a headache, or antibiotics to treat an infection. We wash our hair with shampoo and clean our floors and counters with any number of commercially available concoctions. We rarely think about what happens to those chemicals once we're done with them.

Dr. Laurel Schaider and her colleagues at Silent Spring Institute, however, have done a lot of research on exactly that point.

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