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The use of alternative safe water options to mitigate the arsenic problem in Bangladesh: a community perspective

Md. JakariyaM.Sc. Thesis, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Aug 2000


It has been observed that different communities have addressed the problem of arsenic contamination in different ways. For instance, in some places community members were reluctant to address the problem and the initiative to develop some community-based alternative safe water options did not work; in other places the reverse picture was observed. Hence, the general objective of the study was to identify the causes for different response patterns among people in the two study villages in order to understand the difference in community response patterns.

5.1 Specific objectives

The specific objectives of the project were as follows:

  • To determine the extent of arsenic contamination in all tube well water of the project areas;

  • To assess the knowledge that people in the community have about the arsenic problem and its mitigation options;

  • To analyze socio-economic and other factors responsible for different response patterns in communities;

  • To identify the different community response patterns.



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