Piped water contaminated by microplastics worldwide


The study on the quality of water, concluded that there is in fact the presence of particles of various plastics in the water channeled around the world.

Scientists have found microplastics in tap water from several countries around the world in a study of the contamination of plastics in the environment. Microplastics were found in 83% of potable water samples collected in more than 10 countries, from the USA to India, through France. The situation has feared that the problem is indeed widespread.

According to the Orb Media journalist’s investigation, the United States was the country with the highest contamination rate: 94% of the samples collected, including at the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, at the Trump Tower in New York and at the congress plastic traces.

In Lebanon, the same contamination rate was found, the United Kingdom, Germany and France had the lowest rates of contamination by microplastics, but still higher than 72%. In India and Uganda, the rate is over 80%, according to The Guardian.

Given this scenario, bottled water may not be the solution, since the same microplastics were found in bottled water sold in the United States.

“By observing wildlife and the impacts [of plastic]on wildlife, we have enough data to be concerned”, said Sherri Mason, a microplastics specialist at the New York Public University in Fredonia. “If it has effects [on wildlife]how can we think it will not in any way affect us?”, Mason questioned.

Anne Marie Mahon of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, who conducted a study on the same subject in Ireland, said there were two major reasons for concern. The first is the size of the plastic fibers and disease-causing pathogens that microplastics bring.