Microplastics in drinking water: A review and assessment

Heather Leslie, Daphne Eerkes-Medrano, Brian Quinn

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Abstract

The first media reports of microplastics (MPs) in drinking
water (DW) appeared in 2017 and were followed by several
scientific publications in 2018. Three important areas to
consider on the subject of MPs in DW are as follows: (1) what
is the evidence of MPs in DW? (2) how do MPs enter DW? (3)
what are the toxicological implications for humans? We
review these issues by presenting the published evidence of
MPs in tap water, bottled water and at intake and outflow of
DW treatment plants; discuss the potential routes by which
MPs reach these destinations; address the available evidence
of potential impacts of MPs on humans via DW and
provide a preliminary human exposure assessment; and
suggest future directions for research and approaches to
address emerging concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Science & Health
Volume7
Early online date11 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

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