Will the Santevia System remove pharmaceuticals?
Since the Santevia® Gravity Water System contains both granulated and powdered carbon in the central five stage filter it should be effective in removing most pharmaceuticals.
Due to the vast and ever increasing number of pharmaceuticals we have not tested specifically for their removal. However our research located a number of reliable sources on the internet which address these issues:
The Water Conditioning and Purification Magazine in their June 2003 online issue discusses pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies. They state: “Advanced water treatment technologies have been evaluated for their efficacy in removing the most common pharmaceuticals from drinking water…. In addition… filtration with granular activated carbon are thought to be highly effective."
In an article in Environmental Science & Technology, the author states: “GAC (granulated activated carbon) is effective because carbon can bind a broad category of compounds, and many pharmaceuticals have components like benzene rings or amine groups that enhance their ability to be taken up by activated carbon. The powdered form of activated carbon can be even more effective, removing virtually every possible pharmaceutical and personal care product.”