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EDITORIAL IMPURITIES IN WATER CAUSE FOR CONCERN, NOT PANIC.

HOW pure is our drinking water? It depends on your definition of "pure."

According to an Associated Press report, Americans' drinking water contains traces of a vast range of pharmaceuticals. Two of the compounds showed up in water from a San Fernando Valley treatment plant.

But don't panic. You'd have to live more than 8,500 years to accumulate the equivalent of one dose of Prozac, sex hormone, aspirin or whatever.

Newly developed technology can measure substances in such tiny amounts as parts per trillion. That makes it harder to look at a glass of water the same way, but easier to monitor water quality.

Still, even though the drug traces are tiny, they could impact human health. Drug traces in waterways have caused abnormalities in aquatic life and earthworms.

Rather than just react with alarm at such findings, we should insist that the latest techniques be used to help resolve the problems they discover.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
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Date:Mar 17, 2008
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