A new study claims water bottle drinkers could be consuming microparticles of plastic from bottled water.
This comes as many families in Flint continue to rely on bottled water.
Flint homeowner and breast cancer survivor Shirley Snowden worries about what goes into her body. She has been dealing with the water crisis since the beginning.
“Now we cant even get decent bottled water,” she says.
She buys spring water for drinking but uses the state-provided water for cooking and rinsing vegetables.
Water activists say the water provided for free at distribution sites are not one of the brands reportedly tainted with tiny particles of plastic, but Snowden is still concerned.
“It’s an issue with trust. I don’t trust anything,” she says.
Snowden says it’s hard to trust anyone after the city was failed by so many public officials for so long.
“They are using cheap bottles giving it to us and we are the ones being effected,” she says.
Researchers at Orb Media say they tested more than 250 bottles of water from 11 different brands. The study found that a single bottle of water can hold up to thousands of microscopic plastic particles. Researchers say tiny particles of plastic was found in 93% of the bottles.
” I don’t know what is safe no more,” Snowden says.
Activists say they worry the state will use this research as a way to stop providing free bottled water.
The brands of water Orb Media said it tested were: Aqua, Aquafina, Bisleri, Dasani, Epura, Evian, Gerolsteiner, Minalba, Nestle? Pure Life, San Pellegrino and Wahaha.
Nestle and Gerolsteiner disputes some of Orb Media’s claims.