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Nov
2004

Arsenic in Drinking Water

//tinyurl.com/6d2mb


Request for comments by 30 Nov: Revised WHO Guidelines supporting doc "Chemical safety drinking water assessing priorities risk mgmt"

With thanks to David J Power

One of the 'supporting documents' to the new 2004 WHO Guidelines, "Chemical safety of drinking water: assessing priorities for risk management" has been issued in draft form. It appears this document have been issued some time ago, but recently the WHO newsletter gave a reminder that comments are welcome until 30 November 2004.

The paper is available at:

//www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/cmp/en/

This paper is very helpful generally and gives due prominence to arsenic issues. Whether or not you feel like commenting, it's a worthwhile document to get - while it's still available.

However Table A4.1 in Appendix 4 summarising documented cases of arsenic problems may omit some countries. It does include Bangladesh (of course) and West Bengal, Taiwan and areas of mainland China, the Danube basin, Argentina, N. Chile, SW USA and Mexico. But I'm aware that parts of Cambodia have a serious problem (not listed) and it may be that important areas in other countries have also been omitted.

I have noted the omission of Cambodia in my own comments. The newslettermakes reference to an 'online comment form' so I'm guessing that is the mechanism to respond (haven't sent my comments in yet).

Regards

David J Power MACantab MIEAust CPEng, Snr Water Supply Advisor
Shillong Urban Water Supply & Environmental Sanitation Project
Eldorado Bungalow, Dhankheti, SHILLONG, Meghalaya, 793003 India
Tel (+91) 364 250-5794 FAX (+91) 364 250-5793
Project: amcshillong@sancharnet.in
please note new personal e-mail address:
djpower@westnet.com.au (was djpower@melbpc.org.au)



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