Scientists Carrying Out Researches About the Existence of Microplastics in Drinking Water

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 12:30

Researchers of the University of Toronto, Bob Andrews and Chelsea Rochman, are investigating about the existence of plastic in drinking water.

Researchers discovered that there is plastic in drinking water but unfortunately, they do not have much more information to share, Phys.org reports.

"If someone asks me how microplastics in drinking water influence human health, I have to say that we have no idea," says Rochman, an assistant professor in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology in U of T's Faculty of Arts & Science.

Plastic never really goes away. While some waste plastic is recycled or incinerated, most ends up in landfills or worse. A world-leading expert on the fate of plastic waste, Rochman has documented how it ends up in oceans, lakes, rivers, as well as along their shores and even in the bodies of aquatic animals.

Concern over microplastics has been floating just below the surface for some time, but it was not until the fall of 2017 that the issue of microplastics in drinking water hit headlines in a big way.

Andrews and his team also have experience testing the toxicity of various compounds on cells grown in the lab. While they may one day go down this route for nanoplastics, for now Andrews and Rochman emphasize the importance of improved analysis as a key step towards developing policies to address the challenge of microplastics.

"Dealing with microplastics is the kind of challenge that truly does require people from different disciplines to work together," says Andrews. "Neither of us could do this alone."

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