Level of Pharmaceutical Drugs in Drinking Water Under Review

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are about to undertake a major study to determine the level of pharmaceutical drugs in New England’s drinking water supply. The year-long study will test unfiltered water entering over a dozen wastewater treatment plants in the region. David Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UMASS and lead researcher of the project, says his group will also test how effective the water utilities are at removing the pharmaceuticals and other contaminants.