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Tap Water Plastic Contamination Is Prevalent in the US

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Tap water contamination by plastic particles was found in 94 percent of U.S. samples in a recent study. (Tab1962/Dreamstime)

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A recent study showed nearly all samples of tap water from the U.S., 94 percent, were contaminated by tiny plastic fibers that can absorb chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases.

The study, which looked at tap water samples from around the globe, was commissioned by Orb and conducted by scientists at the University of Minnesota.

Researchers believe the fibers come from clothes, furniture, and carpets, and that some may be released from washing machines and dryers into the water supply.

The particles interact with the gut when ingested to be absorbed into the body of humans and animals, including fish. Bottled water also contained the particles, the study showed.

Numbers of samples contaminated by plastic were slightly lower in other parts of the world, with only 72 percent of samples in Europe containing the plastic fibers. Overall, 83 percent of samples worldwide were found to have plastic particles, the study found.

The health risks of consuming plastic microparticles are unknown and have not been studied in humans to this point, but previous findings have shown the particles can absorb and then release chemicals and bacteria, some of which may be harmful, Phys.org noted.

An average of 4.34 plastic particles were found per liter of water, though the number of particles ranged from zero to 57 particles per liter, Phys.org reported. It is estimated that men may ingest about 4,000 particles each year, and women 3,000.

The microparticles come from microplastics such as the micro-beads in body scrubs and toothpaste, and also are created when larger pieces of plastic degrade, researchers said.

The study called for more tests to determine the sources of the plastic pollution and how exposure affects human health.

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