AWWA Offers Guide on Pharmaceuticals

The Truth About Pharmaceuticals & Personal Care Products in Your Water, a new booklet by the American Water Works Association, is designed to be the ideal guide for public information professionals, customer service reps, and concerned customers with questions about drinking water.

Author Jack Hoffbuhr offers answers to the following questions:

  • How do chemicals get into water?
  • How are chemicals in water regulated?
  • Why are we finding these now?
  • What are new chemicals of concern?
  • How do PPCPs get into water?
  • What’s the quantity of PPCPs in drinking water?
  • What risk do PPCPs pose?
  • What about water treatment?
  • What about the options to plain water?
  • What can consumers do?

In addition to answering these questions, the booklet also includes detailed instructions on individuals can dispose of their drugs safely.

The booklet, which costs less than $10, is available in AWWA’s online bookstore at

Jack Hoffbuhr, PE, DEE,was executive director of AWWA from 1996-2007, and worked for the U.S. Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He spent two years with the Peace Corps and received graduate degrees in both sanitary engineering and public administration. Hoffbuhr is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and a Board Certified Professional Engineer (Diplomate) in Water/Wastewater by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

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