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Tezpur University‘s researchers develops a low-cost filter to remove arsenic from water

Researchers at Assam’s Tezpur University have developed a simple and cost-effective filtration system – Arsiron Nilogon – that may help reduce the health burden caused by arsenic and iron contaminated groundwater. The system filters out 99.9% of the arsenic contamination from the groundwater to make it suitable for drinking. The chemicals used in the filtration ..

India signs loan pact with ADB for safe drinking water some districts of West Bengal

On October 3, the Government of India (GoI) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed $240 million loan for providing safe and sustainable drinking water to about 1.65 million people in three districts of the state of West Bengal affected by arsenic, fluoride, and salinity. The purpose of the project is to mitigate these risks ..

Top Arsenic Affected States of India

The largest number of arsenic affected people in India is found in West Bengal where 83 blocks in 8 districts have groundwater contaminated by Arsenic.  As of March 2017, total number of arsenic-affected people in the country is about 1.48 crore. Of these, 1.04 crore arsenic affected people live in West Bengal.  Second and Third ..

India-UK Joint Team wins Newton-Bhabha Fund for project on Groundwater Arsenic Research in Ganga River Basin

An India-UK Joint Team has won the Newton-Bhabha Fund for a project on Groundwater Arsenic Research in Ganga River Basin. The Department of Science and Technology has undertaken the project with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of United Kingdom (UK) to find solutions to the water challenges faced in the pervasively arsenic-affected Ganga River ..

Central Water Commission finds iron concentration in 22 spots in six states

A study by the Central Water Commission has observed that high concentration of iron content greater than 1.0 mg/l at 22 water quality stations has been found in six states. These states are Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Bihar. The permissible iron concentration in surface water should be less than 1.0 ..

The Arsenic Hit Ganga Belt

Over thousands of years, arsenic has been washing down from the Himalayas with the Ganga water as sediment. In the plains, this arsenic has been leaching into the ground. It remained within permissible limits and did no harm till around the 1970s when, concerned over deaths in the Gangetic belt caused mainly by the unhygienic ..