Microplastics in the drinking water of the Riobamba city, Ecuador

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M. Paredes
T. Castillo
R. Viteri
G. Fuentes
E. Bodero


The city of Riobamba captures for human consumption groundwater from melting glaciers, from seven wells in the foothills of the Chimborazo volcano. The objective is determine the percentage of existing microplastics in drinking water distribution system. Sixty two samples were collected, analysed with a cellulose filter and Nile red dye. Then observed in a stereoscope, obtaining presence in 12 samples of the 62 analysed. The results of the analysis show that there is a 19% presence of microplastics.

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Paredes, M., Castillo, T., Viteri, R., Fuentes, G., & Bodero, E. (2019). Microplastics in the drinking water of the Riobamba city, Ecuador. Scientific Review Engineering and Environmental Studies (SREES), 28(4), 653–663. https://doi.org/10.22630/PNIKS.2019.28.4.59

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