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Hazardous substance dictated in drinking water in Sweden - be care with what you consumes

Saturday, 07 September 2013
There are fears that hormone-disrupting substance, bisphenol A (BPA) has been found in tap drinking water to home in Sweden, a test carried out by the Swedish Chemical Agency revealed. The dangerous health disrupting substance is said to be found in water pipes in eight out of 22 houses surveyed in Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg.
"It is obviously unacceptable if there are poisonous substances in drinking water," said Erik Gravenfors, investigator and chemist at the Swedish National Chemicals Inspectorate.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disrupter that can impair fertility in humans, and there are also studies that show a link between BPA and obesity and cancer. It has been banned as a baby bottle component and many other plastic products.
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Children are particularly vulnerable and now the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate investigation show that the substance may be found in drinking water in Sweden. Exactly what levels are harmful to humans remain obscure, but it is known that children are particularly vulnerable.

The background of the situation comes after the project in 2007 to 2011 were the water systems, for about 3,000 apartments in Sweden were renovated using a so-called relining method where the plastic used contained bisphenol A. Now the Swedish Chemical Inspectorate investigation show that out of the 22 apartments investigated in the areas, traces of bisphenol A has been found in the drinking water of eight of them.

"It is worrying as bisphenol A be considered as a suspected endocrine disrupter. It should not be found in tap water," says Erik Gravenfors.

Seeking solutions, the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate, together with National Board of Housing and Food Administration who have been behind the investigation will make their proposal on how to combat the problem to the Ministry of Environment in December.

"We have not yet landed on a concrete proposal. But it is clear that a proactive measure to ban this method, is something we discuss with the other authorities," says Erik Gravenfors.
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