Illinois American Water Perspectives on Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water

it’s a fitting that I would be
at the end of the program, because the water industry in this in this subject
is at the end of the program you know people take the drugs. it
goes into the wastewater. It goes into our streams. We pick
it up in our intakes and attempt to treat it at this point in time the stage
at which we are at, or what we’ve done in the past is been mainly to support
agencies such as yourself who are out there doing some of the preliminary
research we partner with universities and colleges of all kinds American water
has water plants and wastewater plants all across the country and of all
different sizes different types of treatments different sources and we
partner like I said all over the country with many different types of
universities to try to get some of this research done to identify possible
contaminants in the influent water that and so that we know whether, or not there
is potential for a lot of being contaminated and for our not putting out
the quality of water and safe water for customers so that has mostly
been today what our role has been to support we also supply monetarily to a
wharf the american water works association research foundation has been
mentioned many times and and aunt a sponsor several research projects in
this area the only other thing i think that we’ve pretty much done today is to
try to educate our consumers in things such as not flushing pharmaceuticals
down the toilets and such and proper ways of disposing of them so that they
don’t get into the water to begin with now our hopes for the future depend a
lot on you all our first priority would be that someone would would come up with
and approved a generally accepted methodology for testing for each of
these compounds and if if that would happen then we
would hope that we would we have a laboratory of national laboratory in
belleville illinois and we would hope to be able to gear up and put the money
into training someone to beginning to whatever that methodology is begin to do
that to test all of our facilities across the country and find out in much
better detail just what is out there what is getting in our plans at this
point in time we don’t one reason why we hesitate we’ve been thinking about this
for years, but one reason why we hesitate and doing that right now is because the
goal and our company is is course foremost the safety and health of our
consumers, but also we have to watch the wallet and we have to justify everything
that we do so we try to partnership where we can especially in these
preliminary type research to to limit the cost to us if and when a certified
method methodology is obtained and we can go to all of our plants and test
them in both the role in the effluent we can that testing will help us not only
know what is there and if it’s worth our trouble looking into it further, but it
also will tell us in the existing type processes we have which ones are
working, which ones aren’t most of our processes right now are carbon
absorption oxidative type processes, because we just infect the water and
some membrane technology, but we’re very it would be very interested in course in
part in partnering with groups such as Tim’s group that are thinking of other
technologies that might be practical and useful for doing that kind of thing so
that would be something that we could do in the future and we’re very much
interested in doing is partnering with with and we’re another thing we have
always done and will continue to do is we have leaked and supplies samples I
sometimes peas about how we we supply more water to two agencies for research
from our plants than we do to our customers, because it seems like we’re
always shipping out samples to everyone so
and we’re quite happy to do that it takes time, but we do have the personnel
in our plants who are trained and skilled at doing the proper sampling
sampling is sometimes everything when you’re trying to do a research project
and so we’re very happy to to play that role even though it does take a lot of
time on the part of our employees and of course that’s money too, but we realized
the importance of it and so we do do quite a bit of that, but the next step
after we would determine what is in there and what our current methods of
treatment are doing is of course to try to do some pilot studies again
partnering with maybe some of the people in the universities and colleges who
have who are developing new technologies do some pilot studies in all of our
plants in the ones that we have seen have problems in terms of chemicals
coming into the influent now another priority to us would be to do you know
the talks of what determine the toxicological levels of each of these
chemicals, because that would help us to prioritize, which plants we’re
going to start doing these pilot studies on and and also the necessity of doing
it. After that, what we would do is if we find that we find some good
treatments then we would have our engineers would begin to try to start to
put those treatments into our plants so that we can reduce those amounts of
chemicals basically again our main approach right now is we have to balance
out both the health of our customers and you know the impact to their wallets the
health of their wallets so that’s what we are right now mainly in the past we
have been to summon up we’ve been helping other organizations that are
trying to do the research sampling and hope in the future near future if
there’s a methodology that’s established that we can begin to do our own sampling
our plants our own pilot testing in our own
installing a new treatment so

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