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1 WATER? And what can we do about it? What’s In Our Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)

2 What’s in our WATER Our water comes from many sources. And the way we use it is just one part of a continuous cycle. Water Cycle Diagram courtesy of ESA / AOES Medialab,

3 What’s in our WATER Drugs and chemical residues from personal care products are showing up in waterways.

4 What’s in our WATER Little is known about the effect these compounds may have on people who drink the water or the aquatic wildlife in the waterways.

5 What’s in our WATER When people take medicine, some of it is absorbed, but most of the compounds pass through the body and are flushed down the toilet.

6 What’s in our WATER Wastewater treatment plants don’t remove pharmaceuticals from the water that they treat and discharge into waterways.

7 What’s in our WATER The potential for harm to human health is not known at this time. But, there is growing concern about how these drugs and other compounds may affect people over time and with repeated exposure through everyday water use.

8 What’s in our WATER And what can we do about it Don’t flush unused portions of prescriptions down the toilet.

9 What’s in our WATER And what can we do about it Some communities have pharmaceutical take-back programs. Others have collection sites where the drugs can be destroyed.

10 What’s in our WATER And what can we do about it Make the drugs unpalatable by dumping them in with wet coffee grounds, glue or used kitty litter. Make them safe for disposal in the landfill by putting them into a leak-proof container, then throw them in the trash.

11 What’s in our WATER And what can we do about it When using or buying personal care products, we can make conscientious choices.

12 What’s in our WATER And what can we do about it Often we feel helpless to make a difference, but in this case, there are things each of us can do to help keep our water safe and clean for today and in the future.

13 Presented by: This presentation was made possible by Grant Number 90EF0066 from the Office of Community Services, Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Community Services, Department of Health and Human Services. Some images in this presentation © Rural Community Assistance Partnership Website: Phone: National Environmental Services Center Website: Phone:


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