Are you drinking someone else’s waste? (yeah, that kind of waste!)

water_distiller_cinnamonIf you are even slightly aware of the conditions of our environment, you know that pharmaceuticals are showing up in lakes and rivers, and our tap water. Here’s another article from National Geographic that takes it further. Now they are finding cocaine, and spices, like vanilla, cinnamon, thyme and sage in water.

Of all the flavors trickling downstream, artificial vanilla dominates the sound, Keil said. For instance, the team found an average of about six milligrams of artificial vanilla per liter of water sampled. The region’s sewage runoff contains more than 14 milligrams of vanilla per liter. This would be like spiking an Olympic-size swimming pool with approximately ten 4-ounce (113.4-gram) bottles of artificial vanilla.”

So where do these spices and drugs come from? This article puts it gently by saying, “When spices and flavorings are flushed out of a U.S. home, they travel to a sewage-treatment facility, where most of them are removed.” The article continues, “After a person has taken drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and ecstasy, active byproducts of these substances are released into the sewage stream through that person’s urine and feces.”

So basically,

People consume spices and drugs…

      Their bodies don’t process them all…

            The drugs and spices leave their bodies into the toilet…

                  This stuff (times millions of people) ends up in lakes and rivers…

                        The river and lake water becomes your tap water…

                              You drink it…

                                   Repeat the cycle.

So how’s that tap water tasting to you now?

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