The people of Bangladesh were dying and getting ill from water. This water was provided through tube wells that were connected to an underground aquifer. Such actions were taken on the 1980’s, when many children died from diarrhea. This project facilitated the lives of many since their people did not have to walk long distances and carry heavy jars full of water. Unfortunately, the water was not checked for arsenic. A dermatologist believed the water from the tube wells contained arsenic but the British Geological Survey insisted it was safe. Today the tubewells are known to have 50 micrograms of arsenic per liter. The article also explains some of the symptoms that could be experienced after 10 years of consuming arsenic contaminated water, these include: black spots, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, diarrhea, etc. The Bangladesh government borrowed money but has not yet taken action since they do not know how to solve this issue. The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee trained 160 volunteers to test the tubewells and identify the symptoms of arsenicosis. Many of their volunteers also made maps to inform people of safe tubewells and ponds.
1. What was the purpose or point in writing this article?
This article was written to inform people of the hardships poor countries face and to encourage us to be more involved in issues that concern our health. In the article, The British Geological Survey reassure the villagers that their water was safe, however, the water caused many deaths
2. What impact is this having now, and what implications or possibilities are there for the future?
The Columbia University estimated how much money was needed to test all the tubewells in the country. Sadly, Bangladesh does not have neither the time or money. Many think the solutions in deeper aquifers since they are believed to be mineral free.
3. Are there any political or moral aspects to the news? Explain...