World health chiefs call for more studies on microplastics in drinking water

Research gap must be filled but meanwhile governments and businesses must urgently reduce plastic production.

More research into the health risks posed by rising amounts of microplastics in drinking water should be conducted, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) chiefs.

Javier Mateo-Sagasta, of the International Water Management Institute, said: “Banning single-use plastics such as plastic bags and plastic bottles is a growing trend. But more broadly we need to rethink how to design, produce, consume and dispose of the plastics that we’ll still use in the decades to come.”

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