Is drinking Water Safe For Pregnant Moms and Children?
A woman's exposure to minute quantities of certain pharmaceuticals while she is pregnant can harm the developing fetus. Such exposure at a critical time in the fetal growth cycle can cause deformities, cancer or subtle effects on a child's ability to learn. Some health specialists believe no dose of synthetic hormones is safe for the developing embryo and fetus. Read More: There are sensitive stages of life when it’s best to minimize exposure, such as the elderly, the very young, and pregnant women.
There is growing evidence that some of these chemicals disrupt the endocrine balance in various ecological species (endocrine disruptors) and can adversely affect fish and other aquatic species living in the contaminated waters.
Contaminants of emerging concern are increasingly being detected in surface waters, these compounds are in the surface water we drink. EPA does not have any guidelines about pharmaceuticals in drinking water. Underfunded and under attack, the EPA has failed to enforce water testing and treatment rules. About half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants.
That’s the finding of a new report by the International Joint Commission, a consortium of officials from the United States and Canada who study the Great Lakes. These compounds are increasingly being detected in surface waters, driven largely by advances in analytical detection technologies, enabling constituents to be measured down to levels that were previously thought not possible
New research finds that arsenic levels once deemed 'safe' for drinking water may actually harm expectant moms and babies.
We know that if these compounds are in surface water, and the surface water is used for drinking water, then the compounds will be in drinking water as well.