The substance is particularly harmful to babies. Photo: Christine Olsson/Scanpix.

Traces of bisphenol A found in drinking water

Traces of the hormone-disrupting substance bisphenol A has been found in the tap water in eight out of 22 examined flats in the country's three biggest cities, Swedish Television News reports.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency has checked out the water in flats where the water pipes were renovated between 2007 and 2011. In approximately 3000 flats renovated during this period, the pipes were lined with a plastic that contains bisphenol A.

The substance is known to disrupt hormones and can damage reproduction. There are also studies that show a connection between bisphenol A on the one hand and obesity and cancer on the other. Since the discovery some five years ago, the substance has been banned in baby feeding bottles and other plastic products. It is not yet known what levels of the substance that are dangerous to humans, but it is clear that babies are particularly vulnerable to the side effects.

Commenting on the findings in the drinking water, Erik Gravenfors of the Chemicals Agency says "It is of course unacceptable if poisonous substances are found in the drinking water."

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