Latest GE Water Filter Removes Pharmaceuticals from Drinking Water

Published on August 6th, 2012 | by

Syringe in Drinking Water

The latest GE water filter removes 98% of five common pharmaceuticals from drinking water and ice.

GE’s new water filter will be available in their newest line of French door refrigerators, retailing between $1700 and $3000.  It’s not a bad idea to have a water filter in the home, whether installed on the tap, in a refrigerator, or a refillable pitcher.  In 2010, about 10% of municipal supplies in the U.S. violated at least one health-based standard.  With our infrastructure decaying, a leak in a pipe carrying drinking water could go undetected for quite a while.

The pharmaceuticals removed are:  ibuprofen, a common, over-the-counter pain reliever; atenolol, used to treat high blood pressure under the brand names Senormin and Tenormin; fluoxetine, used to treat depression and anxiety under the brand names Prozac, Rapiflux, Sarafem, Selfemra; progesterone, used in hormone replacement therapy; and trimethoprim, used to treat urinary tract infections and some types of pneumonia.

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Water is a basic need for humans, yet the current supply of drinking water is tainted with dangerous contaminants, including prescription and over the counter drugs. In fact, may would argue that the American water supply isn’t safe at all, even according the government’s somewhat loose standards…

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