A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) came out last month which confirms that microplastics have been detected in both bottled water and tap water in a number of recent studies.
In these studies, scientists discovered that around 93% of the bottled water that was sampled contained trace amounts of plastic, which they attribute to both plastic pollution and the packaging and manufacturing process.
When it comes to tap water, the results vary, but the totals are significantly less than bottled water. According to a recent article in the Nature International Journal of Science, “People who drink only bottled water might swallow 90,000 particles with their water each year, compared with just 4,000 for those who stick to tap water.” This is because 90% to 95% of the microplastics present in our tap water are successfully eliminated during the water treatment process.
Dr. Erik Cram is the Lab Manager at the Don A. Christiansen Regional Water Treatment Plant in Orem, and he has been keeping close tabs on the science and research being done surrounding microplastics. “We work very hard to protect our watershed, and because there aren’t any wastewater treatment plants upstream of our water treatment plant, there’s far less risk of microplastics entering our source waters in the first place.”
“Even still, we employ a vigorous multi-step purification process that includes ozonation, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation and filtration systems. These systems effectively remove particles — including any stray microplastics — from the water before it reaches your tap. We are proud to operate one of the best treatment plants in the nation, which means some of the purest and best-tasting water for you.”
Dr. Cram stresses that the most valuable step to ensuring a future that includes safe, clean drinking water is something that should be on all of our minds: the protection of our watershed. Keeping our beautiful lakes, rivers, and streams as pristine as possible is a vital part of our mission to provide dependable, quality water to the people in our community.
At Central Utah Water, we are very proud to offer some of the finest water in the nation to our customers. Our Don A. Christiansen Regional Water Treatment Plant is the second water treatment plant in the nation to receive Phase IV Excellence in Treatment Award from the Partnership for Safe Water, and we have an extensive source water protection plan to keep our source water clean. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.