Arsenic and the Provision of Safe and Sustainable Drinking Water: Aspects of Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

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Safe and sustainable drinking water supplies underpin societies at all stages of economic development. Increasing population, increased standards of living and local and global environmental factors will variably play a role in the Asia-Pacific countries in increasing water stress and reliance on finite vulnerable groundwater resources, many of which are prone to contain hazardous concentrations of arsenic. Arsenic in groundwater-derived drinking water supplies is currently impacting the health and economic productivity of millions of people in these regions. Innovative remediation technologies include graphene oxide based filtration, as well as technologies, such as organic and microbial destruction, that make alternative, hitherto avoided, water sources, as more attractive to consumers, regulators and suppliers. Management of drinking water supplies, including appropriate treatment for arsenic, requires a holistic approach, considering (i) strategic and operational priorities, (ii) criteria for selection of the most appropriate, in a local and/or regional context, treatment and management options in the context of formalised water safety plans, and (iii) effective participation in networks to underpin timely knowledge transfer of relevant robust innovations in the management and treatment of water supplies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
No.July – Sep 2017
Specialist publicationUnited Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Asia Pacific Tech Monitor
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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