Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Testing

In March of 2008 the Cambridge Water Department (CWD), in collaboration with the Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD), established a voluntary biannual monitoring program of 86 PPCPs. Samples are collected from both untreated (raw) water and treated (finished) water. The analysis is performed by a laboratory using analytical methods with very low detection limits, measured in parts per trillion. There are no EPA-approved standard methods for detection of these chemicals and there are no water quality standards for these compounds in drinking water at this time. This monitoring program will provide additional assurance that the CWD and CPHD will continue to be aware of PPCP-associated chemicals in the water supply, even if they remain unregulated by EPA.


Current Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Testing Results