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RESCUE PEOPLE FROM ARSENIC POISONING
ARSENIC PROBLEM IN NEPAL AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
Use of arsenic containing water from private tubewells causes health problems and
deaths in areas south from Himalaya with thick layer of sand and clay sediments.
WHO has declared “Arsenic is highly toxic in its inorganic form. Contaminated water
used for drinking, food preparation and irrigation of food crops poses the greatest threat
public health from arsenic.”
WHO Media Centre Fact Sheet Arsenic 2016 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs372/en/
Arsenic occurs naturally in the earth’s crust. In Nepal, the alluvial sediments deposited by rivers draining from the
Himalayas have been implicated as the major source of arsenic in groundwater lying in the flat plain of Tarai.
Tarai region consists of 14% Nepal and around 49% population of the country. Ground water is a lifeline of Tarai
region of Nepal because around 90% populations are depending upon dug wells and tube wells for drinking and
The most marginalized and disadvantaged households who lack education and awareness regarding the health and
sanitation; they are the most vulnerable to the crisis. From recent survey of government, around 0.5 million people
from Tarai region of Nepal; particularly from disadvantaged communities, are using the arsenic contaminated drinking
water. A few interventions such as water testing and awareness program have been done by the government but,
efforts are hardly effective due to the preemptive level of the community people.
References: Kayastha, s. p., (2015). Arsenic contamination in the deep and shallow groundwater of Bara district, Nepal. Crossing the border:
international journal of interdisciplinary studies volume 3; number 1; Pp65-69;
Shrestha, R. (2012). "Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Nepal: Good Public Health Intention Gone Bad." Student Pulse, 4(09).
CAUSE OF THE ARSENIC PROBLEM
We don’t yet know for certain why there is arsenic in the water. What we do have is A NEW HYPOTHESIS and NEW
NIRI-METHODOLOGY to prove the hypothesis. The contamination of the groundwater is assumed to be the natural
concentration of contaminants. So far undeniable scientifically proven explanation has not been given. We have
beliefs and studies that take as granted that arsenic is already in the ground and nothing can be done about that.
Because of this belief all solutions concentrate on filtering the arsenic contaminated water. In NIRI methodology by
finnish Asko Vasarvuori testwells are constructed in natural area with different tubematerials. Different states of
water are taken into account: natural, contaminated, regained and remnant quality.
Arsenic contamination of water is not solely due to geological factors.
Electrochemical dissolution of carbon steel pipe in small tubewells launches arsenic in sole to the ground water.
Carbon steel contamination spreads with water flow into deep and wide zones.
A research is planned and ready to launch in Nepal with new practical NIRI-methodology.
Timetable is 6 months and budget 60 000 euros. Experts are ready to work according to the research plan.
There is probability that this research shows that it is possible to get pure water from small tubewells.
In that case the research contributes to preventing illnesses and saving thousands of lives.
Your effort in launching this research is important!
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