United States Tap Water Contaminated with Plastic Fibers

United States Tap Water Contaminated with Plastic Fibers

A thorough study has been conducted by Orb Media on the state of tap water across the U.S., and the findings are disturbing. The results show that 94% of tap water in the U.S. is contaminated with plastic fibers. In fact, the U.S. has the highest level of plastic contamination in the countries studied, and France has the lowest contamination rate at 72%. This is extremely disturbing news, so let’s take a closer look at what this study discovered and how you can remove plastic fibers from your water at home.

The Extent of the Plastic Contamination

The full study can be read in full at the Orb Media website, and the results have been reported in many publications globally. As a result, many scientists have called for more research on how to proceed and the possible health ramifications of ingesting plastic fibers. This is a widespread contamination, and the average number of plastic fibers found in water sample varied a great deal from country to country. Here in the U.S. the average amount of plastic fibers was 4.8 fibers per 500ml of water. This is very high when compared to European averages of 1.9 fibers per 500ml of water.

The Possible Health Implications

The most significant health concern associated with plastic fibers in water is their ability to absorb toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. A fish or aquatic mammal that ingests plastic fibers in water will also take in toxic chemicals that are released later and then broken down in their gut. These harmful chemicals have a devastating effect on wildlife, but as of yet, we have no comprehensive information on how this will affect humans.

Without this necessary information, we can only extrapolate the negative effects on wildlife as biological organisms and make the logical assumption that we would also suffer adverse health consequences too. Dr. Sherri Mason is an expert in microplastics at the State University of New York in Fredonia, she assisted in data analysis for this study and said “we have enough data from looking at wildlife and the impact that it’s (plastic fibers) having on wildlife to be concerned” she also added “if it’s impacting wildlife, then how do we think that it’s not going to somehow impact us?”.

How Can We as Water Consumers Respond?

It seems that a solution to fix the plastic fiber contamination problem may be some way off at the present time. A study on how ingesting plastic fibers has not been conducted, and it seems fair to say that any solution would take considerable time to implement. This doesn’t mean that you’re powerless and there are ways that you can take responsibility for your own water safety. There are many modern water filtration systems that can remove many types of harmful contaminants, including plastic fibers. This will give you peace of mind and protect you and your family from a wide variety of other contaminants as well. A local certified water treatment professional will be able to give you more detail advice on the water conditions in your area and the water treatment options that will work best for your home.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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