Microplastics in drinking water sources and distribution systems in Iceland

The water facility companies Veitur, HS Orka and Norðurorka present the results of a year-​long independent study conducted by ReSource International ehf. measuring microplastics in drinking water across the companies’ boreholes, water distribution systems and storage tanks.

Microplastics were detected in half of points in distribution systems and less than half of boreholes and storage tanks. Researchers found around one particle in every ten litres in the median sample point. In contrast, a widely publicized 2018 study funded by ORB Media on tap water worldwide found an average of fifty particles in every ten litres sampled.

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This project was conducted in collaboration with: