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July 17, 2005

Arsenic in Water.

From the NY Times:

Lethal Water Wells
As many as 20 million people in a town in northwestern Bangladesh drink water that is laced with arsenic. Go to Article


My, that is a big town, isn’t it?

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And the story is at least four years old:
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs210/en/
(about 3/4 way down)

Posted by: chris | Jul 17, 2005 12:24:03 PM

there is a disconnect between the town (with pump) and 20 million arsenic drinkers but they all reside in bangladesh

Posted by: e m butler | Jul 17, 2005 1:31:09 PM

Note that the problem is a good example of the Law of Unintended Consequences: the arsenic-laden water supplies are from tube wells drilled into aquifers in an attempt to mitigate water-borne disease.

Posted by: David Gillies | Jul 17, 2005 5:54:15 PM

Nothing wrong with a bit of arsenic. Should help keep them cancer-free.

Posted by: Monjo | Jul 18, 2005 1:13:25 PM