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Lake Michigan water testing near water intake pipes for Chicago and Milwaukee reveal low levels of pharmaceutical compounds. Findings of these and other drug-related pollutants in U.S. waters isn't new, but their prevalence in drinking water is an emerging concern as technology is able to detect lower and lower contaminant levels.
The low levels of these compounds and the limited research to date lead most experts to determine the water is safe to drink. Yet the rapidly expanding use of pharmaceuticals, coupled with the growing knowledge of their potential health risks to people and wildlife, make this form of Great Lakes pollution a critical issue.
A new Alliance report says it’s critical to start identifying chemicals in the Great Lakes that pose the greatest threat to the health of people and wildlife.
Photo: Lloyd DeGrane
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What you can do:
Learn about the emerging problem of plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes. more >
Find information on drug take-back efforts across the country on this national website. more >
See the Alliance's August 2011 report: "Emerging Contaminant Threats and the Great Lakes" more >
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