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    Default Study Shows How Sewage Plants Can Remove Pharmaceuticals From Wastewater

    James Ives
    January 9 2020

    A study of seven wastewater treatment plants in the Eastern United States reveals a mixed record when it comes to removing medicines such as antibiotics and antidepressants.
    The research points to two treatment methods — granular activated carbon and ozonation — as being particularly promising. Each technique reduced the concentration of a number of pharmaceuticals, including certain antidepressants and antibiotics, in water by more than 95%, the scientists’ analysis found.


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    Default Re: Study Shows How Sewage Plants Can Remove Pharmaceuticals From Wastewater

    Once again, we go with the cheapest (and least effective) of the solutions.
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    The wording of their results is a bit tricky. They state: "......reduce the concentration of a number of pharmaceuticals, including certain antidepressants and antibiotics..." Reducing "a number of pharmaceuticals," suggests to me that they're not catching everything...just certain types. And, even of the medicines they are able to reduce, it's not 100%. Since when is it acceptable to have 5% or any percentage of drugs in treated wastewater. Even if the water is not recycled for drinking water, this drug contaminated water at some point gets released back into the environment for fish and wildlife to consume. Totally unacceptable!!

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    Default Re: Study Shows How Sewage Plants Can Remove Pharmaceuticals From Wastewater

    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    Wonder if we'll ever see any of that hope and change that we were promised many years ago.
    No, 'fraid not. We the people decided that we prefer "Greed is Good" over and above "Hope and Change". Perhaps we might manage to turn that around come November 2020.

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