More than 9 in 10 bottles of water tested in a recent study proved positive for high levels of plastic debris contamination.
Green Water Technologies has always been an advocate of the home filtration process. Now, it seems the Texas-based company has even more reasons to get the word out about water. In a recent study conducted by the State University of New York at Fredonia, researcher Dr. Sherry Mason tested 259 bottles of water from nine countries, including the United States. The testing, which included seven of the most popular brands of bottled water, revealed startling – and disturbing – results.
According to Green Water Technologies, 93 percent of the samples tested were found to contain high levels of plastic debris, known as microplastics. This includes polyethylene terephthalate and polypropylene. The vast majority – 65 percent — of the contaminated samples were not from the bottle itself but from the plastic cap.
Researchers have yet to announce potential health problems associated with drinking contaminated water. However, most experts would agree that fewer contaminants is favorable and better for human health.
Green Water Technologies notes that the best way to avoid these microplastics is to simply drink water derived from a home faucet. Municipal water, however, is not without its follies. Many areas contain water with high concentrations of sodium, calcium, and magnesium. Additionally, breaks in plumbing lines can leach organic matter and bacteria into a home’s water supply. A whole home water filtration system is the best way to reduce unwanted particles drinking water.
Green Water Technologies explains that hard, unconditioned water, that which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, is not harmful to human health, though it may leave tap water with an unpleasant taste that may discourage consumption. Humans are encouraged to drink approximately half their body weight in ounces of water each day for optimum health.