A study on alternative sources of safe drinking water for the arsenic contaminated selected areas in Bangladesh

Name of the Project :
A study on alternative sources of safe drinking water for the arsenic contaminated selected areas in Bangladesh.
Country:  Bangladesh
Project Location:  All over Bangladesh Professional staff  provided
By the company : 25
Name of Client: Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh No. of man-months : 12
Start Date (month/year):  July 2005 Completion Date(month/year):
June 2006
Approx. value of services: 2.0  Million Taka
Name of Associate Firm, if any: Bangladesh Center for Development Research. No. of man-months of professional staff provided by associate firm(s):
    No. : 5 Man-month:  12
Senior Staff Involved and Functions Performed:
Prof. Dr.  Md  Rezaul Karim
Prof. Dr. M A Wadud Mian
Prof. Mahfuzur Rahman
Dr.  M Asaduzzaman
Prof. Abul Kalam Azad
Team Leader
Pathologist
Socioeconomist
Biologist
Environmental Scientist
 
Detailed Narrative Description of Project:
Arsenic toxicity has no known effect medicine for treatment, but drinking of arsenic-free safe water can help the arsenic affected people to get rid of the symptoms of arsenic toxicity. Provision of safe arsenic free drinking water is urgently needed to mitigate the arsenic toxicity and protect the health and well-being of the rural people living in acute arsenic problem areas of Bangladesh. The alternative options available for water supply in the arsenic affected areas include arsenic avoidance and treatment of arsenic contaminated groundwater. Treatment of surface waters by low cost methods, rainwater harvesting and water from deep tubewells are potential alternative sources of water supply to avoid arsenic ingestion through shallow tubewell water. The use of these sources will require a major technological shift in water supply. Although the arsenic problem of Bangladesh is a problem full of anxiety for public health, no acceptable solution for this problem has yet been invented. Most of the organizations have confined their programs mainly to collect information and research on health condition and education of the people without providing adequate safe arsenic free water to the affected people. To overcome the problem or to minimize the effects of this problem, the alternative sources of safe drinking waters would be identified as an economic and social affordable solution in mitigating the acute toxicity of arsenic in the present context of the rural people of Bangladesh. The availability of different alternative safe water options is very important not only to evaluate and select the best options for a particular community but also because of the physio-cultural and socio-economic variation among communities. Community interests play the dominant role in sustainable implementation of some new technological options or the acceptance of something new by the community. The main intention of this study was to find the factors responsible for a different response pattern of community regarding provision of alternative safe water options, in order to develop a sustainable implementation of several alternative safe arsenic free water supply options in the arsenic-affected areas of Bangladesh.

 

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