Denison chosen for nationwide water survey test

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DENISON, Tex. -- A Grayson County city is part of a nationwide water survey test involving pharmaceuticals. Emi FitzGerald reports from Denison on what this exactly means for water quality.

City officials say the water in Denison is safe. They have not tested for the pharmaceuticals, but say residents should not be worried.

The Associated Press conducted a study of large metropolitan areas and then smaller cities to see which ones tested their water for pharmaceutical drugs. They picked Denison as one of the communities with populations around 25,000.

Denison public works director David Howerton says several cities nationwide including Arlington and Oklahoma City found traces of various drugs in the water including acetomenaphene and ibuprofen. These are trace amounts, less than one drop usually per glass of water.

It's important to note the Associated Press chose one city in every state-- two from Missouri and Texas-- at random. Somehow, Denison was chosen, and out of the 52 cities in the study, only one tests for the drug.

This does not mean there are these drugs are in the water. It just means the city is not required to test for them.

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  • by Erick Gent Location: Denison on Mar 13, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    OMG...Do you really believe Denison is the only place this is happening? Plus, 90% of the news is negative, if you expect something different you better not watch/read the news anymore.
  • by OMG Location: in your water...and tea... and soda on Mar 12, 2008 at 05:53 PM
    blah blah - is there anything positive about this story. When they report on something positive then I am the first to let them know. I personally see nothing good in the fact that these drugs are in our water. It is disgusting that they are excreted from the human body and end up in our drinking water. They said that most filtering systems that we place in our homes aren't able to filter these drugs. WHAT?!?! Are they telling us we are drinking filtered sewer? Then, we have to pay them for it? WTH?
  • by Blah...Blah... Location: Denison on Mar 11, 2008 at 01:04 PM
    Do you people every have anything positive to say?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2008 at 06:59 AM
    Ice cubes with black elements in it
  • by Diesel Location: Passing Thru on Mar 11, 2008 at 06:50 AM
    Drugs in the water huh. That explains the stupid post on this website. I have often wondered why so many people on this site are always griping and whining (even about another city) without ever offering a solution. An area of whiners all drinking drugs right out of their tap. And Mary obviously drives ten miles to get some, so be careful on the highway.
  • by thirsty Location: denison on Mar 10, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    well i hope they test this water for something!ive lived in bonham,sherman,howe,savoy,whitesboro,whitewright,and kemp,oklahoma and denison has the worst water of all..brown rings around the toilet bowl,around the bath tube and muddy,hazy tea..
  • by Jackie Location: Denison on Mar 10, 2008 at 06:23 PM
    If Denison water supply was not tested, why are they asking us not to worry? I would like to know what is in the water I am drinking and cooking with, especially if I am paying the bill.
  • by Mary Location: Sherman on Mar 10, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    Well that might work if you could stand to even drink Denison water. That's the most disgusting water I have ever tasted!
  • by OMG Location: in your water....and ice tea... and soda... on Mar 10, 2008 at 04:10 PM
    oh my God! I am really confused with this story. The CBS news shows a toilet flushing and stating that our water supply has these drugs in it. What? How does the toilet become my water supply? They said some of the drugs people take are partially absorbed and the other part is excreted. Now. Tell me why that is a reason for this to be in the water that we drink. Except that a retard invented the system for our water supply.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2008 at 03:55 PM
    Cool, if we have these pharmaceuticals in our water, then all people have to do is drink a ton of it... no more needing to buy prescriptions! Go ahead and call me stupid, y'all, I'm just trying to joke around a bit!
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