A recent study conducted jointly by OrbMedia partner NGO Toxic Link has revealed a shocking fact about Delhi’s tap water quality. The study conducted by a not for profit digital newsroom Orb Media based in Washington, DC has found that tap water in Delhi contains microscopic plastic fibres. The centre had collected samples from Delhi-NCR.
According to the report, 159 water samples from across five continents were tested by Orb Media and researchers at the State University of New York and the University of Minnesota. The study revealed that 83% of the samples had small plastic fibres.
The study that was conducted globally, found that more than 80% of the samples collected from across five continents tested positive for the presence of plastic fibres. Orb Media explains micro plastic products absorb toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses. The toxin is then released from the micro plastic when it is consumed by fish and mammals.
Defined as plastic with the diameter less than 5 mm, these are very small fragments of plastic. The fibres found in the samples ranged from 0.1mm to 5mm in length, said Orb Media.The fibres were found in a range of colours including blue, black, red, brown or clear, it added.
The 17 samples in Delhi which were collected between February and early March were taken from Laxmi Nagar, Mehrauli, Munirka, Jangpura, Shakarpur and Kundu Extension.
15 samples were also collected from Delhi’s households, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad by partner NGO Toxic Link and shockingly, microplastic fibres were found in 14 of them. Quoting researcher Mary Kosuth from the University of Minnesota, the report said that 82% of the samples has anthropogenic debris in them.
Other than India, the samples were taken from US, Kampala, Uganda, Jakarta, Indonesia, Quito, Ecuador and Europe.