Plastic bits found in most Great Lakes tap water — and maybe your beer

Twin Cities, Pioneer Press
May 10, 2018

We’ve known for years that tiny bits of plastic, called microplastics, have become ubiquitous in the oceans and across the Great Lakes. We’ve also known that so many of these tiny plastic particles are floating around that they are ending up inside fish.

Another recent study found plastic particles in many popular brands of supposedly filtered and purified bottled water drawn from multiple sources, including wells and springs.

A microscopic plastic fiber found in a sample of beer brewed with water form Lake Superior. Researchers say it’s not clear if the plastic is coming in through city tap water or getting in the beer through another pathway. (Photo courtesy Mary Kosuth via Forum News Service)

Now, a Minnesota researcher says she’s tested municipal tap water taken from all of the Great Lakes and, not surprisingly, found plastic particles in almost all of them. The microplastics are even showing up in the plethora of beers now being brewed with Great Lakes water.

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