Drugs in the water affecting fish


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http://science.time.com/2013/02/15/tipsy-fish-when-anti-anxiety-meds-get-into-rivers/?hpt=hp_t3

 

Looks like the waste ater treatment does not remove all the chemicals we dispose of including medications. This is less of a conspiracy than a result of incorrect disposal, whether by the patient or by hospitals (or both) I do not know.

 

It makes me wonder how much other stuff is then getting back into US via the water supply and what we can possibly do about it. We have a carbon block filter on our refrigerator and use that water for all drinking and cooking but we also by bottled water (who knows what's really in that) and wouldn't some of these chemicals be absorbed through our skin in the shower?

 

Do we have to start the "No Bathing Coalition?"

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The chlorine alone in the water agravates my skin. I've a small pond that used to water cows on the land I live (used to be pasture land after WWII) that I swim in sometimes - feel fine and refreshed afterwards. But I take a shower or bath in city water? My skin will crawl and crac for days sometimes in places.

 

If we stopped doping the water for people, the fish wouldn't suffer as much for it. But then again, maybe fish need Estrogen boosts and Viagra.

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This is the price of industrialization we have to pay. Sad to say that the waste water treatment is not enough to totally purify the water. If humankind continues to neglect water management, there will a time that not only fish suffer but all the living creatures. 

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There is also a "Dead Zone" in the Gulf near Louisiana, where the water does not contain enough oxygen for the fish so they are dying and smelling up the area. What the cause of the situatiion is, I am not sure, but those who own property there, will be hard pressed to find buyers.

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Yes Jessi, there is much to fear in the pollution of drinking water and the oceans. Either will affect our health and food supply. Now what's going on with the food supply could be another thread. I hear many people are concerned that FEMA is stashing food for "something", what's up with that?

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Personally, I don't drink tap water. This is just one of the many reasons why. I agree that it's more about people not taking care of things properly but still it can and probably will adversely effect people's health. I won't even give my pets anything but bottled water and that especially includes those within my fish tank.

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If you're drinking bottled spring water, I would imagine that's not really any better. I could see filtering your own water, or investing in some sort of water filtration system for your tap if you're concerned with this, but buying bottled water is a whole other problem itself. Why would you let a company mark up the cost of water by several thousand percent like that and sell it back to you? Not to mention all of the pollution they are creating with all of those plastic bottles, and the excessive manufacturing they need to create the product as well as the additional pollution from transporting it.

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That's right. Testing of "bottled water" I read about said that most of it was just tap water anyway. Even if it was "spring water" it was no cleaner than tap water.

 

Most refrigerators have a pressed carbon block filter so that should be where you get your drinking/cooking water from. But, what about your work place? Our place got remodeled last year and they removed the filters on the water fountains. Now our coffee uses regular tap water.

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