Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

The socio-economics of arsenic removal

Nearly an eighth of the population in Bangladesh relies on arsenic-contaminated drinking water. Arsenic-removal filters could help to reduce exposure, but their price is high for the poor and their maintenance is cumbersome.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Relevant articles

Open Access articles citing this article.

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

$32.00

All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: A community arsenic-removal plant.

SHIREEN AKHTER

References

  1. Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics & UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, Draft Report (BBS/UNICEF, 2009).

  2. Government of Bangladesh National Policy for Arsenic Mitigation (Government of Bangladesh, 2004).

  3. Howard, G., Ahmed, M. F., Shamsuddin, A. J., Mahmud, S. G. & Deere, D. J. Health Popul. Nutr. 24, 346–355 (2006).

    Google Scholar 

  4. Bangladesh Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Final Verification Reports: Arsenic Removal Technologies (BCSIR, 2009).

  5. Planning Alternatives for Change & Pathways Consulting Services Ltd Final Report: Social and Economic Assessment of Arsenic Removal Technologies (UNICEF/PAC/PCSL, 2009).

  6. United Nations Industrial Development Organization Study Report: Concerted Action on Elimination/Reduction of Arsenic in Ground Water, West Bengal, India NC/IND/99/967 (UNIDO, 2001).

  7. Majumder, A. & Kahali, S. D. J. Inst. Public Health Engineers India 4, 20–24 (2003).

    Google Scholar 

  8. Sarkar, S. et al. Water Res. 39, 2196–2206 (2005).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Zeitlyn, S. & Islam, F. Patterns of Child Feeding and Health Seeking Behaviour in Bangladesh: Two Case Studies (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh Monograph, ICDDR,B, 1990).

    Google Scholar 

  10. Michael, H. A. & Voss, C. I. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 105, 8531–8536 (2008).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Acknowledgements

The arsenic filter evaluation study was made possible with the financial support of the Canadian International Development Agency, and the technical support of UNICEF and the government of Bangladesh's Department of Public Health Engineering. We acknowledge the qualitative research contributions of study team members S. Akhter, K. R. Akhter and T. H. Monju.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Richard Bart Johnston.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Johnston, R., Hanchett, S. & Khan, M. The socio-economics of arsenic removal. Nature Geosci 3, 2–3 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo735

Download citation

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo735

This article is cited by

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing