Microplastics In Drinking Water and It’s Risks
Microplastics have been making headlines recently, as scientists’ recent findings have discovered them in the seas, air, and even people’s bodies. Before we explore why this is such a major problem, let’s first understand what microplastics are and how dangerous they are.
What Are Microplastics
Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic that measure less than five millimeters in length. They’re often used in cosmetics and personal care products, as well as in packaging and industrial applications. Microplastics can end up in the environment through a variety of means, including being flushed down the drain or thrown out in the trash.
Microplastics and Their Risks
Once in the environment, microplastics can be ingested by animals or can absorb toxins, which can then be passed up the food chain to humans.
While there is still much research to be done on the effects of microplastics on human health, some studies have found that microplastics can cause gastrointestinal irritation and blockage, as well as endocrine disruption.
While other studies suggest that they could contribute to poisoning, reduced feeding, and increased mortality.
Microplastics in Water
A recent study found that 83% of the world’s tap water is contaminated with microplastics.This means that when you turn on your faucet, there’s a good chance you’re drinking microplastics.
While the health effects of ingesting microplastics are still unknown, it is possible that they could cause gastrointestinal irritation and blockage, as well as endocrine disruption.
If you eat seafood, there’s a good chance you’re eating microplastics. A study found that one-quarter of fish sold in markets in Indonesia contained microplastics.
Plastic is extremely durable and does not biodegrade, only breaking down into smaller pieces. Due to their small size, studies show that these particles could potentially make their way into our bodily organs, such as migrating through the intestinal wall and travelling to the lymph nodes.
How To Handle Such Water
Despite the covert and unseeable danger of microplastics in drinking water, there already exists a solution: a water filter in Singapore. Microbeads are effectively reduced and even eliminated by these devices’ water filters.
Because microplastics are generally less than five millimetres long, micron-scale pore size filters will sufficiently remove most microplastics from water.
Puricare’s water dispensers in Singapore use an advanced filtration system that can remove up to 99.9999% of contaminants, including microplastics. The system uses a 4-stage filtration process that includes sediment filters, carbon block filters, and a reverse osmosis membrane.