Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn

Tap water contaminated by plastic

Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world. In Europe an average of 1.9 fibres above 2.5 microns was found in 72% of 500ml samples. This leads to the thought that there are many smaller plastic particles contained in the nanometre range.

There are two main concerns:

  • Plastic particles in the water ranging from nanometre to above 10 microns
  • Chemicals, toxins and pathogens, that microplastics absorb and harbour, that can be released into the body.

This then affects products made using tap water. A study in Germany found fibres and fragments in all of the 24 beer brands tested, as well as in honey and sugar.

See the article here: Information sourced from The Guardian website. Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Removal of plastics from water requires physical filtration.

How microplastics end up in drinking water is for now a mystery. With the current standard of water treatment unlikely to remove all of the microplastics then additional filtration is required. The best solution for removing the plastic and therefore the associated bacteria toxins and chemicals would be physical filtration.


Carbon cartridges are widely used for the treatment of contaminants in our drinking water. The Pentair FloPlus carbon cartridge has all of the standard carbon characteristics as well as offering;

  • Low micron rating of 0.5um for sediment removal
  • Outstanding flow to pressure drop ratio
  • Certified to reduce cryptosporidium and giardia cysts by 99.95%

Surface Filtration

Pleated filters are widely used as effective filtration due to their excellent flow rates and high efficiency. The SPECTRUM range of Premier Pleat filter cartridges are available in 5 different media types. With multiple layers of media and high dirt holding capacity, these cartridges solve a wide range of application issues.

Reverse Osmosis

To achieve filtration in the nanometre, Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems are the best option. RO offers complete peace of mind due to the pathogen, cyst and bacteria removal capabilities. The SPECTRUM PTL-RO system is capable of removing 97% of most contaminants for under sink applications. For commercial and industrial operators the SPECTRUM SRO-SYS systems are also available.

What ever your filtration or treatment requirements, we would be delighted to discuss how Carter Pumps can help. Call us today on 01380 734900.

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