Equipped To Survive Equipped To Survive® Presents
The Survival Forum
Where do you want to go on ETS?

Topic Options
#292349 - 05/28/19 01:35 AM Antibiotics in a water supply
Russ Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5329
Will boiling or filtration remove antibiotics from a water supply?

Tests Find World's Rivers Polluted with Antibiotics

#292350 - 05/28/19 01:59 AM Re: Antibiotics in a water supply [Re: Russ]
Janysboy Offline

Registered: 03/20/19
Posts: 51
In a word, no.

#292351 - 05/29/19 01:01 AM Re: Antibiotics in a water supply [Re: Russ]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7262
Loc: southern Cal
The problem with antibiotics in the water supply seems to be the breeding of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria and viruses, etc. There is no mention of any direct problem with drinking water containing ABs, although if there are ABs in the river water, what else is therein?

I certainly would not want to obtain drinking water from the Thames, or any other river in the lower. settled portions of the watershed. Give me a nice spring well upstream, the farther, the better. Then boiling is likely to produce potable water.
Geezer in Chief

#292380 - 05/30/19 02:47 PM Re: Antibiotics in a water supply [Re: hikermor]
TomP Offline

Registered: 01/16/07
Posts: 57
This article doesn't have enough information to have any meaning. There is no mention of actual concentrations (?parts per tillion? for example), an explanation of the percentages per country used, the defintion of safe levels etc. Antibiotics are not desireable in our rivers but this article is worthless.

#292381 - 05/30/19 06:29 PM Re: Antibiotics in a water supply [Re: Russ]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2858
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Berkey filters claim to remove 99.5% of pharmaceuticals.

It doesn't look like simple boiling is hot enough to degrade antibiotics.

Wonder if anything removes Aspartame, which is said to be recycled from person to person via drinking water (yeah, eww is right).

#292432 - 06/09/19 11:26 AM Re: Antibiotics in a water supply [Re: Russ]
WesleyH Offline

Registered: 05/26/16
Posts: 98
As I understand the issue of antibiotics in water, the problem is mostly limited to wastewater.

The biggest issue is the emergence of resistance strains of bacteria due to constant low grade exposure to multiple antibiotics in the effluent stream up to and including sewage treatment plants.

Here is an article that broadly addresses the problem:


A bit more extensive discussion is here:


You may recall that several years back, there used to be public service announcements that encouraged people to flush unused medications down the toilet. I suspect that many of the baby boomer generation still do as it is a quick and easy way to get rid of whatever medication it was.

Apparently, most of the problem in freshwater systems stems from lakes, where antibiotics and heavy metals can accumulate over time. Most modern freshwater treatment systems (municipal) are effective at removing such contaminates.


Moderator:  Alan_Romania, Blast, cliff, Hikin_Jim 
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30
Who's Online
0 registered (), 83 Guests and 7 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
ngezzo123, korneliakiel, Barry1968, Ella, Faisal
5315 Registered Users
Newest Posts
Boring gear
by dougwalkabout
Today at 12:00 AM
Recent and Ongoing Survival Incidents
by haertig
Yesterday at 09:26 PM
The Very Useful car blanket
by TeacherRO
Yesterday at 07:12 PM
Monthly reminder - tech
by TeacherRO
Yesterday at 07:10 PM
Updated Every Day Carry (EDC)
by TeacherRO
Yesterday at 07:10 PM
Escape and Evade Kits
by Ren
Yesterday at 12:18 PM
Happy First Day of Hurricane Season
by Phaedrus
06/03/20 12:12 AM
Check in time, I am still alive, Are you?
by Phaedrus
06/02/20 04:03 AM
Newest Images
Tiny knife / wrench
Handmade knives
2"x2" Glass Signal Mirror, Retroreflective Mesh
Trade School Tool Kit
My Pocket Kit

WARNING & DISCLAIMER: SELECT AND USE OUTDOORS AND SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND TECHNIQUES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Information posted on this forum is not reviewed for accuracy and may not be reliable, use at your own risk. Please review the full WARNING & DISCLAIMER about information on this site.