The Problem Of Arsenic Laden Water

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Water is the most fundamental necessity for this planet, human life and thus for our civilization. There is no substitute for water, it is irreplaceable. It is a major concern for scientists, politicians, health worker and engineers, as even in this era of technology, potable water for most third world countries still remains a luxury. Yet, as described below, even developed countries may suffer from lack of quality water. Three articles from two quite different countries, published in the reputed news and scientific journals will be reviewed. The Gravity of the problems, causes and repercussions will be examined. The approaches to counter the water problems will also be evaluated. 1.1. Death in the water Daigle.K (2016), an…show more content…
Arsenic, of course, is dangerous. Daigle.k (2016, P40) explains “It kills human cells, leading first to skin scarring, then it slowly builds up in the body to brain damage, heart diseases and cancer”. Scientists are using latest techniques to map the arsenic-containing area, so that the toxic reserves can be completely avoided by predicting the location of arsenic deposits. All International agencies seem to support this idea of ground water usage back in 1969 as it was cheap and gave immediate results. They lacked planning and didn’t made effort for measurement of pollutants, as note by Shambu.S & Wilson.R (2008,217-226). They also did not take into account that by employing this scheme on such a large scale there will be changing of water courses, because of lowering of water table. Geological mapping could have given them information about presence of arsenic reserves, but as these factors were never considered, so now even previously arsenic free reserves have also become contaminated because of change in water course direction (Daigle.k,2016, P40). Although this problem is recognized since long, it still lacks coherent efforts on part of international agencies, as confirmed by World Bank’s Water and Sanitation report (2005, p-viii). Article, very aptly tries to show its reader the plight of the people, suffering from this. However, comparison with similarly hit countries, especially Bangladesh
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