Towards sustainable safe drinking water supply in developing countries: The challenges of geogenic contaminants and mitigation measures
International Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
5-7 February 2013
Field trip water sample analysis here
Conference theme and aims
Groundwater quality can be inadequate for drinking purposes. Many groundwaters are saline or may contain naturally-occurring substances that have serious adverse health impacts. The two most important geogenic contaminants, arsenic and fluoride, affect up to 10% of wells.
The sustainable supply of contaminant-free drinking water (focussing on arsenic and fluoride) requires a multifaceted approach. This includes an understanding of the extent of contamination, the importance of diet and the potential of alternative water resources. Robust, simple technologies are necessary, but major hurdles are often rather related to economics, logistics and human preferences and habits.
The objective of this conference is to bring scientists and engineers together with implementing agencies to discuss and explore sustainable solutions for the mitigation of geogenic contaminants in drinking water.
- Addis Ababa University
- Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
- World Vision
- Chemical Society of Ethiopia
- World Health Organization