Microplastics have been reported in marine and freshwater ecosystems as well as wastewater effluents worldwide, but much less is known about their presence in drinking water and their potential risks to human health.

Water Research Australia Project 1128 Occurrence, removal and risks of microplastics in drinking water and recycled water – State of knowledge provides a systematic analysis of the different sampling and analysis methodologies currently in use, as well as a summary of the concentrations, type, shape, and sizes of microplastics reported in drinking and reclaimed water sources and product.

Led by Griffith University, the research also reviewed the efficiency of current drinking and reclaimed water treatment processes to remove microplastics and discusses the current state of knowledge on potential human and environmental risks of microplastics in drinking and reclaimed water.

The report is also accompanied by a factsheet and are available for download by WaterRA members.