Based on my earlier research about drinking water in Serbia, media coverage and daily discussions on the quality of water in the country often have one common underlying issue: the types of water pipes and their effect on healthiness of potable water. Dealing with that topic, however, is burdened with numerous misconceptions and false information, as shown by my research of 10 years of media archives and politicians’ statements on local and nation level. While most attention is paid to asbestos water pipes, and their alleged cancerogenicity, toxic lead pipes are underreported. After consulting World Health Organisation office in Belgrade, European Union Info Centre in Serbia, Serbian Institute for Public Health, and Republic Directorate for Waters, along with online data from international organisations and media, prevailing myths present in public discourse about asbestos water pipes are busted, while at the same time, attention has been raised on danger of lead pipes.
Text based on research was published on the fact-checking web site Istinomer (Truth-o-Meter)
Project by Larisa Rankovic