Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

Geogenic Contamination

Naturally occurring chemical contaminants affect the health of millions of people worldwide. The two most important contaminants, in terms of health impact, are arsenic and fluoride.

In order to reduce the consumption of geogenically contaminated water, economic, institutional, and psychological factors are at least as important as technical ones. The Water Resource Quality (WRQ) project brings together researchers from different fields to develop a holistic framework for mitigation of arsenic and fluoride contamination of drinking water.