Antibiotics with your Tap Water, Madam?


In a recent study by the University of California, antibiotics given to cows were traced throughout their waste stream. Although not the first study to be done on the extensive use of antibiotics, especially on dairy cows, this study found that most antibiotics broke down before reaching ground water. This is good news for individuals who use well-water and live near dairy operations. The study did not look into the effects on surface water, marine life, or other species and areas of the environment impacted by the antibiotics.

Filtering your water and occasionally having it tested can also help keep your tap water safe and clean. The EPA recently released a study that reviewed the safety of municipal tap water. Depending on where you live, contamination risks may differ. The EPA found that water quality (for the US) was disappointingly low and came up with a list of suggestions. So it may be worthwhile to see just what lurks in your tap water!

You can read the summary of the dairy study here.

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  1. That comes as a shock to me, if it’s true that USA’s water quality is low. I honestly would of thought it was one of the best considering the technoligcal advances of the USA. Actually on a different note, my sister has always stayed away from regular milk because of scares of the hormones cows receive nowadays.

    Till then,


  2. Sadly, water always has a chance of being polluted. I make sure to filter or boil my water to be on the safe side.

  3. I live in the country and use well water. I have great concern about water quality, as we have no filtering system whatsoever. Other than removing sediment, our water comes up as is. Because of this, we make sure to use no chemicals on our grass or pesticides on plants. But, does that really help, when so many others do? Even if these antibiotics are not reaching the water supply now, will they eventually? Only time will tell.

  4. The research was funded with $568,000 from the CALFED Bay-Delta Authority Drinking Water Program, which is administered by the California State Water Resources Control Board, and $65,000 from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, using funds collected from dairy producers to support research and marketing. really that much?

  5. We’ll just have to filter our water, and try to remind those who don’t to filter their water as well.

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