Plastic water which has remained the major type of drinking water for most urban dwellers has be found to be contaminated with tiny plastic particles.
This was reported in a recent research carried out by a research team led by Sherri Mason, a micro-plastic researcher at State University of New York.
The team reviewed that the regular plastic water commonly called bottle water contained different debris of tiny plastic particles. 93% of 250 bottles of water including popular plastic water brands: Aqua, Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life and San Pellegrino used in the study were found to contain plastic debris included polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is used to make bottle caps. It will also interest you that these plastic water samples were collected from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand, and the United States. Nigeria is also not left out in this case.
It was reported that on average, plastic particles within 100 micron (0.10 millimeter) size range referred as “microplastics,” were found at an average rate of 10.4 plastic particles per litre of plastic water.
Puzzled by this alarming finding, Sherri Mason said:
“Tap water, by and large, is much safer than bottled water.”
Speaking further he said; “In this study, 65 percent of the particles we found were actually fragments and not fibers.”
Commenting on the possible sources of the plastic particles, Mason said: “I think it is coming through the process of bottling the water. I think that most of the plastic that we are seeing is coming from the bottle itself, it is coming from the cap, it is coming from the industrial process of bottling the water.”
Although health experts are yet to quantify the extent of risk these synthetic particles have on our health one is cautioned to take adequate precautions.
On the other hand, Sherri Mason has raised concerns on possible connection between increases in certain kinds of cancer, autism, lower sperm count, and increases in conditions like ADHD and the presence of these synthetic chemicals in the environment.
“We know that they are connected to these synthetic chemicals in the environment and we know that plastics are providing kind of a means to get those chemicals into our bodies,” he said.
Also in support of this research was Jacqueline Savitz, chief policy officer for North America at Oceana, a marine advocacy group that was not involved in the research.
In her view the use of plastic bottles should be a thing of the past. She said “We know plastics are building-up in marine animals, and this means we too are being exposed, some of us, every day, It’s more urgent now than ever before to make plastic water bottles a thing of the past.”