International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis

Special Issue

Ground Water Arsenic Contamination and Action Plan for Mitigation

  • Submission Deadline: 30 April 2015
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Col. Islam ul Haque
About This Special Issue
Worldwide, the problems of arsenic contamination are growing in scope and complexity. Pakistan, Bangladesh and India are facing this menace since long which is a big public health concern and adversely impacting the socio-economic conditions of millions of people in the Asian sub-continent. Consumption of arsenic contaminated water has been noticed/observed as slow poisoning process. Keeping in view the enormity of the problem and its impacts on human health, no worthwhile, resource integration efforts have been made to plan and mitigate this growing public health concern, especially in developing countries. There is a very little understanding and awareness about presence of drinking water arsenic contamination, as it is odorless, no color & taste, which makes it more harmful to public health.

Therefore, there is dire need of formulation of nation action plans for arsenic mitigation, based on resource integration approaches. The main objectives of special issue will be :

Objectives and Scope

a. To formulate institutional framework for creating government buying/ ownership , based on resource integration approach
b. Procedures for identifications of arsenic hit areas and arsenic contaminated water sources.
c. Public / community mobilization and participation in creating awareness amongst general masses of the affected areas.
d. To formulate various protocols and standard operating procedures to manage and mitigate arsenic contamination ill impacts.
Lead Guest Editor
  • Col. Islam ul Haque

    Ecological Sustainability through Environment Protection Services Inc, Islamabad, Pakistan

Guest Editors
  • Ezhil Vendan

    CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India

Published Articles
  • Social Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) Strategies for Community Awareness, Mobilization and Participation for Adoption of Arsenic Free Water Consumption Practices -Pakistan

    Islam-ul-Haque , Munir Khan , Muhammad Shafqat , Shahid Durez

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 3-1, June 2015
    Pages: 56-66
    Received: 15 April 2015
    Accepted: 16 April 2015
    Published: 12 May 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijema.s.2015030301.17
    Abstract: Arsenic contamination has emerged as a serious public health concern in Pakistan. Arsenic is an emerging serious issue at least in two provinces Punjab and Sindh where about 3% and 16% of water sources are contaminated with levels of arsenic over 50 ppb. The percentage of water sources with concentrations above the WHO level of 10 ppb is 20% and 36... Show More
  • Monitoring and Impact Evaluation System for Arsenic Mitigation Interventions - Arsenic Contamination Areas of Pakistan

    Islam-ul-Haque , Muhammad Nasir

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 3-1, June 2015
    Pages: 67-78
    Received: 27 March 2015
    Accepted: 29 March 2015
    Published: 5 May 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijema.s.2015030301.18
    Abstract: Drinking water arsenic contamination has emerged as a big nuisance to public health and approximately 137 million people around the world consume arsenic contaminated water, exceeding the WHO threshold of 10 μg/L. In Pakistan context, various arsenic mitigation initiatives were undertaken by different NGOs and government departments which were conf... Show More
  • Integrating Arsenic-Related Environmental Topics into the Education of the Next Generation of Citizens for Arsenic-Hit Communities: Awareness and Mobilization

    Julian Tyson , Ray Kronquist , Anowara Begum , Shahena Begum

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 3-1, June 2015
    Pages: 50-55
    Received: 16 April 2015
    Accepted: 17 April 2015
    Published: 28 April 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijema.s.2015030301.16
    Abstract: Several programs, organized by Chemists without Borders or the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in which secondary school or college students are introduced to the impact of arsenic contamination of the environment, and in particular of groundwater in Bangladesh, are described. A common feature is that students are recruited as members of a res... Show More
  • Trend of Arsenic Exposure through the Food-Chain in Bangladesh for the Past Two Decades

    M. Khaliquzzaman

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 3-1, June 2015
    Pages: 43-49
    Received: 3 April 2015
    Accepted: 4 April 2015
    Published: 15 April 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijema.s.2015030301.15
    Abstract: Large scale use of groundwater for irrigation which is often Arsenic laden, during past two decades, has given rise to the apprehension that this may be resulting in higher Arsenic intake through the food chain. This work was undertaken to determine the trend of average Arsenic exposure of the population in Bangladesh during the period 1990-2010. B... Show More
  • Performance Assessment of Installed Arsenic Removal Technologies and Development of Protocol for Alternative Safe Drinking Water Supply Options for Arsenic Hit Areas of Pakistan


    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 3-1, June 2015
    Pages: 31-42
    Received: 21 February 2015
    Accepted: 23 February 2015
    Published: 8 March 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijema.s.2015030301.14
    Abstract: After identifications of arsenic contamination in Pakistan, lot of technological based arsenic mitigation interventions were carried out which could not last longer due to non-availability of filtration media and running spare parts of arsenic removal tanks units in the local market. The in-depth performance analysis of arsenic removal technology (... Show More
  • Sustained Applications of Pesticides and Fertilizers in Sugarcane, Cotton and Wheat Cultivated Areas Causes Ground Water Arsenic Contamination - District Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan

    Islam ul Haque

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 3-1, June 2015
    Pages: 20-30
    Received: 30 January 2015
    Accepted: 30 January 2015
    Published: 8 March 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijema.s.2015030301.13
    Abstract: Due to over all water scarcity situation, more reliance is made on local groundwater sources for drinking and other human needs /purposes. Most of the boreholes or shallow wells are confined to upper aquifers which are exposed to contamination from all sorts of wastewaters and run-off from agricultural field etc. Water quality monitoring from th... Show More
  • Resource Integration Based Institutional Framework for Sustainable Drinking Water Arsenic Contamination Mitigation and Management


    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 3-1, June 2015
    Pages: 10-19
    Received: 23 January 2015
    Accepted: 23 January 2015
    Published: 8 March 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijema.s.2015030301.12
    Abstract: Ground water Arsenic contamination has exponentially endangered the human life and complicated the efforts for obtaining and maintaining drinking water quality standards. The deadly contaminant (Arsenic) has created an alarming and catastrophic crises world over, especially in South Asia e.g., Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, China and Myanmar wh... Show More
  • Arsenicosis Case Identification, Diagnosis and Management Protocol for Early Patient Medicare Administration and Treatment


    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 3-1, June 2015
    Pages: 1-9
    Received: 20 January 2015
    Accepted: 20 January 2015
    Published: 8 March 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijema.s.2015030301.11
    Abstract: Many countries in the world, especially South Asia e.g., Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, China and Myanmar are facing ground water arsenic contamination problems and it has been recognized as an emerging threat and challenge to public health (Ahmad et al, 2004). Pakistan, following the arsenic crisis in Bangladesh and in other neighboring countr... Show More