For the first time since their introduction in the 1990s, neonicotinoids pesticides have been found in tap water in the USA, with water treatment plants varying in their ability to remove the toxic chemicals.(1)
A joint study by the University of Iowa and the US Geological Survey “found that neonics were widespread in water samples collected from 48 different rivers and streams in the US.”(2)
Introduced in the 90s, neonic pesticides were viewed as an advance to older pesticides because they are selectively lethal to insects and not other wildlife such as birds and mammals. However, we now know that these chemicals are linked to the large-scale and long-term decline in bee populations.(3)
Whilst relatively minute levels have been found in drinking water, we don’t yet know what impact this has on human health:
“Whenever we have pesticides in the drinking water that is something that raises a flag no matter what type of concentration it is,” said Professor Gregory LeFevre.(2)
Neonic pesticdes have been widely used in the UK until 2013 when a moratorium was introduced due to concerns over bee populations, so we believe it is probable that findings on the presence of neonics in drinking water in the US are applicable to UK drinking water sources.
Added to known breaches of permitted levels of the slug pesticide metaldehyde in some UK drinking water sources, it is clear that tap water is not the healthiest or safest choice of drinking water.
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1. Klarich et al., Occurence of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Finished Drinking Water and fate during Drinking Water Treatment. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2017, 4 (5), pp 168–173 Accessed 31.05.17 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00081
2. McGrath, M: First Study Finds Neonic Pesticides in US Drinking Water, BBC News 05.04.17 Accessed 31.05.17 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39504487
3. McGrath, M Neonic Pesticide Link to Long-term Wild Bee Decline, BBC News 16.08.16 Accessed 31.05.17 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37089385