Music festivals are brilliant, they have bands, wellies, porta-loos, neon bracelets, clothes, paint, neon everything, and they also involve drugs which can result in ecstasy in rivers. Festivals are the place to be if you want a cocktail of uppers and hallucinogenics and while we could go on forever naming studies that show the damage they do, we never stop to think about the environment and the effect these festivals may be having on the land around them.
Levels of Drugs in Rivers Spike After Festivals
Researchers studied water samples from streams and rivers in Taiwan and found that after a major music festival, the levels of emerging contaminants increased due to high levels of ecstasy in the water by 600%. A lot of drugs and other substances that are classed as emerging contaminants, such as fertiliser or cleaning products, end up entering our water supply through sewage and are treated in plants.
Scientists tested the treatment plant and found that from before this festival to after levels of ecstasy per litre of water had gone from 89 nanograms all the way up to 940, which was put to shame by the levels of ketamine, which reached a massive 9,500 nanograms of the drug per litre of water. All because of a music festival.
It Could Be Harming Wildlife
Scientists are now looking into the effects these huge peaks in emerging containments may have on wildlife in the surrounding areas, but I think it may be safe to say putting ecstasy in a fish tank wouldn’t go so well, and seeing how humans react on ketamine, think of what it could do to fish! The common opinion is that it can reduce biodiversity in these areas but more research has to be done to find out just how bad this could be.