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ERIC Number: EJ963139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Arsenic in Drinking Water--The Silent Killer
Wajrak, Magdalena
School Science Review, v93 n343 p81-86 Dec 2011
Natural arsenic salts are present in all waters, with natural concentrations of less than 10 parts per billion (ppb). Unfortunately, there is an increasing number of countries where toxic arsenic compounds in groundwater, which is used for drinking and irrigation, have been detected at concentrations above the World Health Organization's determined safe drinking limit of 10 ppb. Of particular concern is the situation in Bangladesh, where it is estimated that there are more than 1 million people drinking arsenic-rich water (above 50 ppb). It is imperative that people stop using wells where arsenic levels are high. There is as yet no reliable, simple and field-based method for arsenic detection. However, this article describes a promising technique that could be used to detect arsenic in the field using a PDV6000+ portable digital voltammeter. (Contains 5 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina; Bangladesh; Chile; India; Mexico; Mongolia; Taiwan