Arsenic Mitigation in Rural Bangladesh

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

  • Wardatul Akmam

Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Wardatul Akmam
    Pages 1-19
  3. Wardatul Akmam
    Pages 27-35
  4. Wardatul Akmam
    Pages 37-42
  5. Wardatul Akmam
    Pages 53-58
  6. Wardatul Akmam
    Pages 67-72
  7. Wardatul Akmam
    Pages 85-88
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 89-113

About this book


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.


Arsenic contamination Implementation system Mixed-integer model Optimal source Safe-water sources

Authors and affiliations

  • Wardatul Akmam
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of RajshahiRajshahiBangladesh

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Japan KK 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-55153-9
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-55154-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2199-5974
  • Series Online ISSN 2199-5982
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