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Arsenic Mitigation in Rural Bangladesh

A Policy-Mix for Supplying Safe Water in Badly Affected Areas of Meherpur District

Authors: Akmam, Wardatul

  • Addresses arsenic contamination in ground water in Bangladesh, which has been termed “the worst mass poisoning in history”
  • Presents a unique combination of a mixed-integer optimal model tested by computer simulation with thoughtful recommendations
  • Emphasizes socioeconomic aspects of selecting an optimal safe water option and ensuring consumption from safe water sources
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Based on micro-level empirical research, this book uniquely addresses the problem of arsenic contamination in ground water in Bangladesh in a comprehensive way. At the outset, the book puts forward the opinions of experts regarding the cause of arsenic contamination in ground water in Bangladesh, followed by sample surveys depicting socioeconomic and arsenic-related situations in three arsenic-affected villages in Meherpur district, Bangladesh. The major contribution of the author is the mixed-integer Pareto optimality model (tested and proved through computer simulation), developed in order to supply safe water to the badly affected people in Taranagar village. The model takes into account such issues as the costs of different safe water options, exposure to arsenic and bacteria, distance of the water source from home, indigenous cultural traits, environmental safety and acceptability of the options to the people. Besides successful development and application of the model, the book outlines ways to persuade people to change their habits regarding drinking tube-well water and proposes a system through which safe water can be supplied to Taranagar village. The book emphasizes socioeconomic, environmental and administrative aspects of selecting an optimal safe water option and ensuring consumption from safe water sources, which can be tested for other arsenic-affected areas as well. With relevant, attractive charts, tables, graphs, flowcharts and other graphics and with lucid language, the book makes rather difficult theoretical economics issues easily comprehensible and interesting to general readers, graduate and undergraduate students, researchers and NGO/GO workers who are dedicated to providing safe water to people affected by arsenic contamination.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-19

    Akmam, Wardatul

  • Opinions of Experts on the Cause of Contamination

    Pages 21-26

    Akmam, Wardatul

  • Social Survey in the Study Area

    Pages 27-35

    Akmam, Wardatul

  • Available Safe Water Options

    Pages 37-42

    Akmam, Wardatul

  • A Model for Attaining Guidelines to Select Optimal Safe Water Option(s) and to Specify their Locations

    Pages 43-51

    Akmam, Wardatul

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eBook $84.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-4-431-55154-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-4-431-55153-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56643-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Arsenic Mitigation in Rural Bangladesh
Book Subtitle
A Policy-Mix for Supplying Safe Water in Badly Affected Areas of Meherpur District
Authors
Series Title
New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan KK
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-55154-6
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-55154-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-55153-9
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56643-4
Series ISSN
2199-5974
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 113
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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