Arsenic in drinking water – does policy make a difference?

  • Loren Mark Ramsay
  • Birgitte Hansen
  • Søren Munch Kristiansen
  • Jörg Schullehner
  • Mette Pedersen
  • Patrick Van der Wens
Arsenic in drinking water is a global health concern. The WHO guideline of 10 µg/L is considered provisional and WHO recommends that concentrations should be as low as possible. High income, low dose countries have a unique opportunity to lower arsenic concentrations in drinking water. The question, however, is how to achieve this goal. Simply legislating a low criterion may not be an adequate solution. In a case study from Denmark, the effects of lowering the criterion to 5 µg/L was followed over more than a decade. Results showed a wide variety of responses from the more than 100 waterworks that were thrown into non-compliance
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Original languageEnglish
Publication categoryResearch
EventAWWA Water quality technology conference 2019 - Dallas, United States
Duration: 4 Nov 20197 Nov 2019


ConferenceAWWA Water quality technology conference 2019
CountryUnited States
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Collaborative partners

  • GEUS - De Nationale Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland
  • Aarhus University