Ashok Gadgil, Joyashree Roy, Susan Addy, Abhijit Das, Sarah Miller, Amit Dutta, Anupam Debsarkar, Addressing Arsenic Poisoning in South Asia, The Solutions Journal, Volume 3, Issue 5, September 2012, Pages 40-45 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/addressing-arsenic-poisoning-in-south-asia/) Abstract: Independent researchers detected arsenic in the groundwater of West Bengal as early as 1983. In the arsenic-affected areas, people continue to substantially rely on this groundwater for drinking and irrigation. Arsenic enters the groundwater from naturally occurring arsenic-bearing sediments in the surrounding rock, though the details of the mechanism by which arsenic becomes mobile in water is still being discussed in the scientific literature. A third of West Bengal’s population is at an elevated health risk from arsenic exposure. Studies have revealed that over half of West Bengal’s districts contain arsenic-polluted wells, with new water samples continuing to reveal more aquifers with arsenic concentrations above 50 micrograms (µg)/liter. Public demand for arsenic-safe water has emerged through various forms of public grievances and social conflicts between local inhabitants and the government. Local communities have staged mass deputations to the government officials … Topics: Community; Environment; Health