Arsenic in Drinking Water: Is 10 μg/L a Safe Limit?

Arslan Ahmad, Prosun Bhattacharya

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Abstract

Arsenic (As) is a naturally occurring element in the Earth’s crust. Both anthropogenic and natural processes can release As into sources for drinking water supply. A substantial epidemiological evidence is available to support that the chronic exposure to high concentrations in drinking water (> 10 μg/L) is associated with several detrimental effects on human health including skin lesions [1] and cancer of the lung [2], bladder [3], kidney [4], and liver [4]. Furthermore, dermatological, developmental, neurological [5], respiratory [6], cardiovascular [7], immunological [8], and endocrine effects [9] as a result of chronic exposure to high As concentrations have been reported. However, there remains considerable uncertainty on the chronic risks due to As exposure at low concentrations (< 10 μg/L) and the shape of the dose-response relationship [10, 11]. It is therefore crucial to question whether the 10 μg/L limit ensures protection of human health from the adverse health effects of As.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1-3
JournalCurrent Pollution Reports
Volume5
Issue number1
Early online date16 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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  • Arsenic
  • Drinking Water
  • Health Effects
  • Water Utilities

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Ahmad, Arslan ; Bhattacharya, Prosun. / Arsenic in Drinking Water : Is 10 μg/L a Safe Limit?. In: Current Pollution Reports. 2019 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 1-3.
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In: Current Pollution Reports, Vol. 5, No. 1, 03.2019, p. 1-3.

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