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Microplastics in drinking water are not harmful to human health as WHO report says

Microplastics in drinking water are not harmful to human health as WHO report says

A recent report has been released by the World Health Organization (WHO) according to which microplastics present in drinking water do not pose a threat to human health. This WHO report says that the current level of microplastic is not harmful to human health but more research is needed on its potential dangers in the future.

This report by the World Health Organization states that if we talk in the present context, the statistics of the presence of microplastics in drinking water are very limited, on the basis of which it is difficult to analyze accurately. Along with, Microplastics found in drinking water were found to be much smaller than the condition affecting human health.

Highlights of WHO reports

  • According to the World Health Organization, the human body cannot absorb microplastics larger than 150 micrometers in size.
  • But the human body can absorb superfine plastic particles, including micro-sized plastics.
  • WHO has also said that only very limited data is available in this context.
  • More attention should be focused on curbing the current increase in plastic pollution.
  • According to this report, if the current rate of plastic propagation in the environment persists, then in the next century, microplastic may pose a threat to the aquatic ecosystem.
  • Due to this, the possibility of microplastic access to humans is likely to increase.
  • This WHO report suggests wastewater treatment that can remove over 90% of the microplastics present in water using filtration.
  • This will solve the problem of contaminated drinking water by removing chemicals from water.
  • Besides, it will slove problems of micro-pathogens responsible for water borne diseases like Diarrhoeal Diseases.


  • Microplastics are plastic pieces of sizes smaller than five millimeters.
  • Their entry into water bodies acts as a carrier of other pollutants.
  • Microplastics enter the food chain and become carriers of carcinogenic chemical compounds.
  • A significant amount of microplastics have been found in Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean waters.
Q.1 What are the plastic pieces which carries carcinogenic chemicals in food chain called?
A. Superplastics
B. HardPlastic
C. Microplastics
D. Tinyplasts
Ans: Microplastics

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