Pharmaceuticals in Water: Removal Tips 

Trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are found in drinking water supplies up and down the country.

Pharmaceuticals are pharmaceutical compounds, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and personal care products, which contaminate various water sources such as rivers, lakes, and groundwater.

We’ve outlined the best methods to remove pharmaceuticals from your drinking water.

Multi-stage activated carbon filtration can remove 90-98% of pharmaceuticals from tap water.

Activated Carbon

Reverse osmosis has been proven to remove at least 85% of pharmaceuticals – often up to 99.99% of these impurities.

Reverse Osmosis

A similar process to reverse osmosis is ultrafiltration, which can also remove an average of 50% or more of pharmaceuticals.


Ultrafiltration membranes have slightly larger pores than RO membranes (0.1-0.01 microns vs 0.0001 microns), but they still provide thorough enough filtration to reduce contaminants of most sizes, including lower levels pharmaceuticals.

Water distillation is the process of boiling, evaporating, and condensing water, and can reduce up to 99.5% of all impurities, including pharmaceutical drugs.

Water Distillation

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