All bottled waters contaminated: Study When one is traveling, especially in India, it is often assumed that buying bottled water is safer than getting water from taps marked for potable water.
However, a recent study shows that the belief is misplaced. Conducted by journalism organisation Orb media, the study, conducted at State University of New York in Fredonia, considered 259 bottles bought from different lots in 19 locations in nine countries, including India.
It found that 93% of the samples were contaminated with plastic particles. An average of 10.4 microplastic particles were found per litre of bottled water which was more than 100 μm (micrometre) in measurement. This is just over the mean breadth of a human hair.
If you included the smaller particles (6.5-100 μm), the average rose up to 325 microplastic particles per litre. The concentration ranged from 0 to 10,000 particles per litre. 95% of the contamination detected by researchers was made up of these smaller particles.
The brands considered by the study included Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life, and San Pellegrino. They also included leading brands like Aqua (Indonesia), Bisleri (India), Epura (Mexico), Gerolsteiner (Germany), Minalba (Brazil), and Wahaha (China)