Even the Ancient Mariner would be appalled at the state of water in the Great Lakes. Authorities in major cities along the Great Lakes are encouraging residents to stop flushing used medication down the toilet … literally. Good sized amounts of medicine has been found in the drinking water of the cities, the leaders are now setting up drop off sites for old medicine so that it can be disposed correctly.
The Polluted Waters of Lake Erie
The Environmental Protection Agency is helping pay for more than 70 collection points in eight states that will take old medicine, along with electronic waste like computers, cell phones and televisions, so they are not just thrown into any old landfill or the water of the Lakes themselves.
A five-month inquiry by the AP National Investigative Team found trace amounts of anti-biotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers, and sex hormones in the tap water of around 25 major cities along the Great Lakes. It was later discovered that residents were simply flushing their medicines down the toilet. The water was then dumped in the Lakes. Filters did not extract the medication, thus contaminating the water.