In the US, most research and investigation on the prevalence and detection of pharmaceuticals in drinking water sources, as part of a broader class of organic wastewater contaminants, began in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Generally, the literature does not suggest any significant trends (increasing or decreasing) in the amount of pharmaceutical compounds in source or treated drinking water, however as technology improves, the water industry’s ability to detect, monitor, and mitigate concentrations of pharmaceutical compounds is continually progressing. This grants us insight into previously unavailable data.
Why are pharmaceuticals in drinking water becoming a problem now?
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