The global arsenic crisis - a short introduction

Bundschuh, Jochen and Litter, Marta I. and Bhattacharya, Prosun and Hoinkis, Jan (2010) The global arsenic crisis - a short introduction. In: The global arsenic problem: challenges for safe water production. Arsenic in the Environment, 2. Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), London, United Kingdom, pp. 3-19. ISBN 978-0-415-57521-8


In order to understand the worldwide importance of the problem of high arsenic (As) concentrations in waters used for drinking water supplies, and the corresponding mitigation strategies, it is useful to analyze the history of the detection of As in water resources, starting at the end of the 19th century to the situation today. Characterizing the conditions under which As releasing aquifers occur or how As is released into surface water, is the starting point for the formulation of sustainable mitigation solutions, such as As removal from drinking water or zero-treatment options. This historical perspective can have relevance to emerging water resource issues related to As. As well as the biogeochemical factors that give rise to elevated As in water resources, political, social and economic reasons are also relevant.
For example, in Bangladesh the acceptance of many remediation projects by the local population has not been sufficiently considered resulting in the failure of efforts to mitigate arsenic exposure.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 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: 16 Oct 2014 05:31
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 03:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: arsenic; drinking water; mitigation; history
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

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