Tap Water Plastic Contamination Is Prevalent in the US

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Billions of us are drinking tap water contaminated by plastic

The contamination is particularly high in the United States, where 94% of faucet water is affected, including in samples from the U.S. Capitol and the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency. His research has shown microplastics are found in a third of fish caught in the UK.

The tests, carried out at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, were commissioned by Orb Media, a U.S. news website. The data, first reported by The Guardian, didn't include what kinds of plastics the researchers found.

The researchers say they can also get into your home's tap water if the water treatment plant is contaminated. Those samples came from various places in the US, Europe, Indonesia, Uganda, Beirut, India, and Ecuador. Professor Richard Thompson of Plymouth University, who was one of the first scientists to identify microplastics in the environment said important questions remained over the drinking water research.

"It's probably not something that we want to be ingesting, but we are, whether through our drinking water, through beer, juice". "What we observed in Paris tends to demonstrate that a huge amount of fibres are present in atmospheric fallout". Plastic also ends up in our water supply from microscopic plastic fibers from our clothing ending up in laundry water, tire dust from roads ending up in the river, and wind causing paint dust to coat the ocean's surface.

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Tap water in cities across the world from NY to Delhi, has been found to contain massive amounts of plastic fibres, according to original research by Orb Media, a nonprofit digital newsroom in Washington, DC. The findings suggest that water companies' filter systems fail to remove all plastic.

According to Orb Media, a non-profit data journalism newsroom in Washington, 83 percent of the tap water sampled globally was contained with microscopic plastic particles. A report in July found 8.3bn tonnes of plastic has been produced since the 1950s, with the researchers warning that plastic waste has become ubiquitous in the environment. "We knew that this plastic is coming back to us through our food chain".

"We are increasingly smothering ecosystems in plastic and I am very anxious that there may be all kinds of unintended, adverse consequences that we will only find out about once it is too late", said prof Roland Geyer, from the University of California and Santa Barbara, who led the study.

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