Current water treatment processes represent an effective method for removing particles across a wide size range, and microplastics can be considered as another type of particle. Hence, this project aimed to provide a sound understanding of how current drinking water processes manage the presence of microplastics and whether their presence in potable water may pose a potential risk to human health.
This project demonstrated that coagulation-flocculation combined with filtration are robust and flexible processes that can treat waters containing microplastics varying in abundance, composition, and properties without compromising the quality of the final effluent. The risk to drinking water quality and human health by the presence of microplastics in raw waters is therefore considered low.
The full report along with the literature and toxicology reviews can be found on the completed research page