American Life League and other pro-life organizations have been warning for years that tap water contains contraceptives and other drugs, which survive the “treatment” process.
Milwaukee has a more visible, more disgusting reminder of the contraceptive, free-sex mentality — condoms floating in Lake Michigan.
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
In April 2003, a local angler complained of thousands of condoms floating in Lake Michigan near the Jones Island plant.
The next year, MMSD installed a temporary fix: a series of nets at the end of the treatment process designed to collect condoms, tampons and other floatable trash and prevent them from being discharged to the lake. The array of condom-catching nets, and replacement nets, cost around $1.6 million.
Installing new, smaller screens to remove debris, trash, plastic containers and condoms from wastewater flowing into the Jones Island sewage treatment plant, as well as other upgrades at the 25-year-old preliminary treatment facility, will cost $14.9 million, under a proposed contract.
Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “swimming with the fishes.”
Recent studies reveal how widespread pharmaceuticals are in Wisconsin’s tap water. While tap water can be filtered in your home, unfiltered tap water is still used for bathing, cooking, brushing teeth, etc.
An Associated Press article highlighted the finding of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anticonvulsants, mood stabilizers and birth control — in the drinking water of at least 41 million Americans.
In a 2004-06 study, Bill Sonzogni, a researcher with the state Laboratory of Hygiene, found accumulations of endocrine-disrupting chemicals used in drugs such as birth control pills in water entering and leaving Madison’s sewage treatment plant.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote about pharmaceuticals in the water, even after the water was treated:
Rebecca Klaper, an assistant scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Great Lakes WATER Institute, tested for pharmaceuticals in the sewage piped to the Jones Island plant and the treated wastewater pouring into the harbor.
Among the substances she found entering and exiting the treatment plant are the antibiotic tetracycline, the common pain reliever acetaminophen, and carbamazepine, a drug used to control epileptic seizures.
Even after dilution of the treated wastewater in the harbor, Klaper found the antibiotic in the open water.
Several years ago, researchers started finding male fish carrying eggs and displaying other female characteristics. All lived downstream of municipal sewage treatment plants, said Gerald Ankley, a research toxicologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Duluth, Minn.
This feminization of male fish has been linked to detectable levels of synthetic hormones from birth control and other prescription drugs, Ankley said.
The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) district has been providing free condoms to students since the 2010-11 school year. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin hands out condoms and birth control to the tune of millions of dollars every year, courtesy of Wisconsin taxpayers, who are now paying to clean up the mess they paid to create.