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California Moves To Monitor Microplastics In Drinking Water

<p>Microplastic fibers are less than 5mm and often show up a vivid color under the microscope.</p>

We talk about microplastics in the ocean and on land fairly often, but they are present in drinking water as well.

The California Legislature passed a bill in 2018 requiring monitoring of the tiny plastic particles in drinking water. Standards are due to be set up by the state Water Resources Control Board this year.

Scott Coffin, a researcher with the agency, visits with an overview of the issues with microplastics, and how the monitoring effort is coming along.

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