Salinity and arsenic affect 60% of underground supply across vast Indo-Gangetic Basin, according to research published in Nature Geoscience

Groundwater abstraction from the transboundary Indo-Gangetic Basin comprises 25% of global groundwater withdrawals, sustaining agricultural productivity in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Recent interpretations of satellite gravity data indicate that current abstraction is unsustainable, yet these large-scale interpretations lack the spatio-temporal resolution required to govern groundwater effectively.

Large-scale groundwater pumping is opening doors for dangerously high levels of arsenic to enter some of Southeast Asia's aquifers, with water now seeping in through riverbeds with arsenic concentr

Environmental authorities in South China's Guangdong Province have questioned a Canadian scholar's claim that arsenic levels in groundwater in some parts of the Pearl River Delta are 15 times highe

This Report of the Committee deals with the action taken by the Government on the recommendations contained in the First Report (Sixteenth Lok Sabha) on the subject ‘Occurrence of High Arsenic Content in Ground Water' pertaining to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Safe Drinking Water, 11/08/2016. As per information provided by States / UTs on online portal Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of the Ministry, there are total 17,14,528 rural habitations in the country. Out of them; 13,09,567 rural habitations are fully covered (getting 40 litres per capita per day (lpcd) or more potable drinking water);

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Contaminated Drinking Water, 11/08/2016. As per the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) guidelines, 10% of the total budget is allocated to North Eastern States.

Limited epidemiologic data exist on prenatal arsenic exposure and fetal growth, particularly in the context of co-exposure to other toxic metals. Researchers examined whether prenatal arsenic exposure predicts birth outcomes among a rural U.S. population, while adjusting for exposure to lead and manganese.

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SONBHADRA: At the Rohiniya Damar village in Uttar Pradesh, 100 kilometres from Sonbhadra district's main Robertsganj town, excessive flouride in the ground water has spared no one.

This paper investigates the effect of drinking arsenic contaminated water on mental health. Drinking water with an unsafe arsenic level for a prolonged period can lead to arsenicosis and associated illness.

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