Arsenic contamination in groundwater is widely acknowledged now as a public health issue of epidemic proportions and has spread across Asia especially in Bangladesh and large parts of India. This note enlists various technologies and techniques for arsenic mitigation, which have been used as short terms mechanisms to reduce arsenic exposure. A comparison has been made between the different methods, so as to enable identification
We are happy to bring to you the Ninth volume of Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network Newsletter.
Several field test kits are available for estimation of Arsenic in water. All of them work on the principle mentioned in the following paragraph. Depending on the amount of reagents, quality of reagents and method of testing, different test kits shows different levels of accuracy. All the available test kits are semi quantitative and are based on colour comparison with the reference colour chart provided
By Dr. Abhijit Das & Mr. Sayantan Chakrabarti ‘In arsenic infested Haringhata, West Bengal, few housewives are in the business of saving lives by supplying safe drinking water.’ The Challenge: Provision of safe drinking water in arsenic infested areas of West Bengal India, today, has arguably entered, or at least is on the verge of entering, a phase of ‘Hydro Schizophrenia’. In other words, we
Arsenic is a metalloid of great environmental concern because of its highly toxic nature and wide abundance. Arsenic contamination in groundwater has been reported in Bangladesh, India, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, USA, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. The use of arsenic contaminated groundwater for irrigation purpose in crop fields elevates arsenic concentration in surface soil and in the plants grown in arsenic contaminated areas. The arsenic concentrations
-Anju Helen Bara Central University of South Bihar, Gaya Clean and safe drinking water is a basic necessity for good health and survival of human beings. The eastern and north-eastern region of India, particularly states of Bihar, West Bengal and Assam are facing tremendous challenge in ensuring access to safe and clean water to the people. The region are worse affected by fluoride, arsenic and
Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network, in collaboration with Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute and District Administration, Majuli (Assam) organised a two day Orientation cum Training Programme on Safe Water and Health on 11th and 12th October 2017 at Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Majuli, Assam. The Orientation began with a short presentation on the Arsenic network and largely comprised of in-house presentations by experts
30th Sep 2017: Collaboration with Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute under the Prajalit Matritta program in Assam to send voice messages on accessing safe water sources in all the arsenic affected villages in Assam. Message: Your water may be contaminated with arsenic and hence drinking it might affect the body severely. If you have been suffering from skin related issues, Please visit the doctor
As a part of the research collaboration with The Researcher, West Bengal under the ongoing Shifting Grounds project, the results of the test of the water samples from both public and private tube-wells were disseminated through a workshop organized on 14th Sep 2017 at Diksha Bhawan, Ramkrishna Mission Ashram, Narendrapur, Kolkata. Report Download pdf
15th Sep 2017: Institutional collaboration with Vijoygarh Jyotish Ray College, Kolkata for student internships on documenting case study interventions on mitigating arsenic contamination in water in the arsenic affected regions close to Kolkata.