23-Aug-2019 - Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) - World Health Organization

WHO wants more studies on the consequences of microplasty in drinking water

The World Health Organization (WHO) is convinced that the occurrence of microplasty in drinking water and its possible health effects must be investigated much more closely. This applies to the distribution of these particles and also to the risks, WHO announced in Geneva on Wednesday.

"Based on the limited information available, microplasty in drinking water does not appear to pose a health risk at the current level," says WHO expert Maria Neira.

WHO expert Bruce Gordon said that other water pollutants are much more important from today's point of view.

However, it was important to expand the knowledge base and, above all, to stop the growth of the global plastic waste mountain. "Microplasty is everywhere in the environment, even in the water cycle," says the WHO report.

It is often unclear where the microplasty in the drinking water comes from in detail. Important sources are rain or melt water and waste water. All in all, however, the available studies are too incomplete to determine the respective extent of these inflows more precisely or to record the sources even more precisely. "In addition, pollution can also occur during other processes such as treatment, distribution and filling."/mrd/DP/jha (dpa)

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  • microplastics
  • drinking water
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