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Saturday, March 15, 2008

GRU says drinking water is safe

Published 3/14/2008
Gainesville Regional Utilities officials say they're confident the local drinking water supply is free of pharmaceuticals, even though they're not testing for the chemicals.

An Associated Press investigation found low levels of medications such as antibiotics, anti-convulsants and mood stabilizers in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. Researchers including several based in Gainesville have found the chemicals can harm reproduction and cause other changes in wildlife, suggesting a threat to human health.

U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist Brian Katz found low levels of an antihistamine, an antidepressant/anticonvulsant drug and the bug repellent DEET in one of the Ichetucknee Springs near Fort White. His research suggested Lake City's wastewater spray field was contaminating groundwater that traveled south to the springs.

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