Pharmaceuticals in Water

Recent events have led to a growing concern regarding trace pharmaceutical compounds found in drinking supplies across the United States.

The Water Quality Association – the international trade association representing the household, commercial and industrial water quality improvement industry reports while specific product performance standards have not been developed for pharmaceuticals, many point-of-use technologies have been proven effective for some of these emerging contaminants.

This includes reverse osmosis (RO) systems.

RO membranes such as those utilized in AquaTex’s home water treatment systems have been proven to block molecular compounds having a molecular weight of 100 g/mol or greater.

This group includes many of the pharmaceuticals discovered in United States’ drinking water supplies. In addition, a  secondary charge-related separation process provided by RO has been shown to repel some contaminants smaller than 100 g/mol.