Microplastics in Drinking water are the concern: The World Health Organization has revealed in a new report that the microplastic pollution that is caused by rubbish dumped at sea is also found in drinking water. The report calls for further research on the potential health effects of drinking water containing microplastics.
According to an analysis, particles of the kinds that increasingly found at the bottom of the ocean are also present in drinking water.
However, the water that is polluted by disease-causing pathogens remains to be a greater source of health concern.
This report has been issued following the shocking discovery of scientists of microplastics pieces in ice samples that were taken from the remote stretch of the Arctic.
Even though this discovery is shocking, WHO said that not enough evidence exists to know if the presence of microplastics in water is dangerous to humans.
Maria Neira, Director of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health at the WHO said, “We urgently need to know more about the health impact of microplastics because they are everywhere — including in our drinking water. Based on the limited information we have, microplastics in drinking water don’t appear to pose a health risk at current levels. But we need to find out more. We also need to stop the rise in plastic pollution worldwide.”