Traces of numerous pharmaceuticals have been found in New York City’s pristine tap water, according to a study conducted by NYC Department of Environmental Protections.
The first study, conducted in 2009, found traces of pharmaceutical components in three upstate watersheds. The 2010 follow-up study included chlorine-treated and source water.
Results showed that 9 million New Yorkers may be ingesting compounds, such as Ibuprofen, DEET — an ingredient present in insect repellent — or Butalbital, which has comparable symptoms to intoxication, from their drinking water.
Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland confirms that a dash here and there would be “no public health risk” and that tens of thousands of water glasses would be needed daily in order to meet the toxicity threshold of the detected compounds.
Find out the other pharmaceuticals and personal care products that have been detected in New York’s drinking water.