Targeting arsenic-safe aquifers for drinking water supplies

Bundschuh, Jochen and Litter, Marta I. and Bhattacharya, Prosun (2010) Targeting arsenic-safe aquifers for drinking water supplies. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 32 (4). pp. 307-315. ISSN 0269-4042


At present, 70 countries worldwide are affected by groundwater contamination by arsenic (As) released from predominantly geogenic sources. Consequently, the As problem is becoming a global issue. The option to target As-safe aquifers, which uses geological, geochemical, hydrogeological, morphological and climatic similarities to delimit As-safe aquifers, appears as a sustainable mitigation option. Two pilot areas, Meghna Flood Plain in Matlab Upazila, representative of Bengal Delta in Bangladesh, and Río Dulce Alluvial Cone, representing a typical aquifer setting in the Chaco-Pampean Plain in Argentina groundwater As occurrence, were compared. In rural Bangladesh, As removal techniques have been provided to the population, but with low social acceptance. In contrast, targeting As-safe aquifers was socially accepted in Bangladesh, where sediment color could be used to identify As-safe aquifer zones and to install safe wells. The investigation in Argentina is more complex because of very different conditions and sources of As. Targeting As-safe aquifers could be a sustainable option for many rural areas and isolated peri-urban areas.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2014 01:23
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 06:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: aquifer pollution; arsenic; drinking water; pollutant removal; rural area; safety; urban area; water quality; water supply
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090508 Water Quality Engineering
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960709 Urban Water Policy
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961101 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water for Urban and Industrial Use
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961103 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (excl. Urban and Industrial Use)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s10653-010-9308-8

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