Tuesday, September 26, 2017

PLASTIC FIBRES FOUND IN TAP WATER AROUND THE WORLD ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY

 In a new investigation by Orb Media, it has been found that microplastic contamination is prevalent in the tap water of many countries around the world.
According to the new study, 83% of the samples taken were found to be contaminated with plastic fibres. This study includes tap water samples from over a dozen nations.
 The United States was found to have the highest contamination rate, at 94%. Plastic fibres were found in the tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency headquarters and Trump Towers in New York. European Nations including the UK and Germany were found to have the lowest contamination rate of 72%. The average number of fibres found in each 500 ml sample ranged from 1.9-4.8 .
 “We have enough data from looking at wildlife, and the impacts that it’s having on wildlife, to be concerned,” said Dr Sherri Mason, a microplastic expert at the State University of New York in Fredonia, who supervised the analyses for Orb. “If it’s impacting [wildlife], then how do we think that it’s not going to somehow impact us?”
Be sure to check out the full story at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/06/plastic-fibres-found-tap-water-around-world-study-reveals
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