83% of water samples have been found to be contaminated by plastic particles, The Guardian reports.
In response, scientists are called to conduct research in order to identify the resulting health implications.
As part of an exclusive investigation conducted by Orb Media, more than twelve countries in five different continents underwent tap water sampling.
At 94%, the study found that he US had the highest contamination rate.
Trump Tower in New York and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters were among the areas sampled.
Lebanon and India followed next.
The lowest contamination rates were found in UK, Germany and France at 72.2%.
An average of 4.5 fibres were found per 500ml of the sample.
ORB Media published the following information:
‘‘Microplastics have been shown to absorb toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses, and then release them when consumed by fish and mammals.’’
Separate research was conducted by Dr. Anne Marie Mahon at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland.
Data released in June detailed that microplastic contamination was found in a handful of tap water and well samples.
“We don’t know what the [health] impact is and for that reason we should follow the precautionary principle and put enough effort into it now, immediately, so we can find out what the real risks are,” she told , The Guardian