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
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
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.
By Scancomark.com Team
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