Name of Participant: Miss Nurain binti Saipolbahri
Name of Presenter: Miss Nurain binti Saipolbahri
Email: nurainsaipolbahri@gmail.com
Phone: +60 12-774 2536
Address: Faculty of Earth Science, UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA KELANTAN, Kelantan, Malaysia
Job: Student
Participant ID : ET39
Mode of Presenter (Requested): Oral Presenter
Paper Title: Determination of Microplastic Pollutants in Tap Water
Scope/Category: Environmental Technology
Mode of Presenter (Given) : Oral Presenter
Abstract

Microplastic debris (<5 mm) is a prolific pollutant present in marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats worldwide. Persistent pollutants of growing concern are emerging microplastics. Their presence in tap water, however, remains largely unexplored. This research concentrated on assessing the existence of microplastics in tap water as one of the drinking water sources. Tap water samples from one district in Terengganu were filtered through a 0.45 μm cellulose nitrate membrane. In addition, their physical characteristics were determined by sorting performed under a dissecting microscope. The form, colour and shape of microplastics were categorized. The total number of microplastics observed in all samples was 535 particulate microplastics varied in all categories. Microplastics can be originate from various sources in different forms such as fragment and fibre which significantly predominant in most of the tap water samples. Therefore, this study offers an insight into the types of microplastics present in tap water, and further research is needed to fully resolve the fate and ecological risks of microplastics in delivery systems for drinking water.

 

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