Identifying occurrences of groundwater arsenic in Latin America: a continent-wide problem and challenge

Bundschuh, J. and Litter, M. I. and Nicolli, H. B. and Hoinkis, J. and Bhattacharya, P. (2010) Identifying occurrences of groundwater arsenic in Latin America: a continent-wide problem and challenge. In: 3rd International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (AS 2010): Arsenic in Geosphere and Human Diseases , 17-21 May 2010, Tainan, Taiwan.


The first reports of arsenic(As)-rich ground­water in Latin America are those of Argentina (Goyenechea, 1917; Ayerza, 1917a,b, 1918). The discoveries of As-contaminated water resources in Chile and Mexico fall about together with the first important discovery made in Asia (Taiwan) at the beginning of the 1960s. Until today, remediation of the problem was performed only in some big­ger cities. The population of rural areas and those from isolated urban areas without centralized water supply systems still suffer from ingesting As-contaminated water. In Latin America, at least conditions (e.g., Chaco-Pampean Plain of Argentina and Uruguay). Geothermal water mixing with freshwater resources is important in many regions of the Andes as well as the active volcanic areas of Central America and Mexico. Detailed infor­mation about As occurrence in water resources of Latin America, the related health effects and experiences on remediation are described in Bundschuh et al.(2008 2009). In this paper, we will only give a short summary of the principal regions of Latin America where the water resources are contaminated by As.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 26074
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 02:15
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 02:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: arsenic; groundwater; Latin America
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040603 Hydrogeology
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only