DON’T WORRY ABOUT DRINKING MICROPLASTICS IN WATER: UN
23 August 2019
The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don’t appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health.
Micro-plastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles smaller than about 5 millimeters, although there is no strict scientific definition. In a report published on Wednesday, the UN health agency said the minuscule plastics are ubiquitous in the environment and have been found in drinking water, including both tap and bottled, most likely as the result of treatment and distribution systems.
But just because we’re ingesting them doesn’t mean we have a risk to human health,said Bruce Gordon, WHO’s coordinator of water, sanitation and hygiene.
The main conclusion is, I think, if you are a consumer drinking bottled
water or tap water, you shouldn’t necessarily be concerned.Gordon
acknowledged, however, that the available data is weak and that more
research is needed.
He also urged broader efforts to reduce plastic pollution.