Arsenic Info in the Real World

Printed books & reports available for order; document collections; and such like real-world off-line things.  If your book, report, document collection, etc., should be added here, please email

Printed Books, Reports, Videos, Etc., Available for Order


Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Bangladesh, BGS-DPHE"Hard copies of this report are now available. This report is an output of studies conducted by the British Geological Survey and the Department of Public Health Engineering of the Government of Bangladesh, with funding from DFID.  A limited number of complimentary copies are available to bonafide organisations working within Bangladesh in the field of arsenic mitigation. Requests should be sent on headed paper to DFID Manager (Water & Sanitation), House No 42, Road No 28, Gulshan, Dhaka.  Copies may also be purchased from Graphosman, 3/3-C Purana Paltan, Karim Mansion (1st Floor), Dhaka-1000.  Enquiries from outside Bangladesh should be addressed to Dr D G Kinniburgh at the British Geological Survey. Details are also available online." - From Rodney Dyer, DFID Manager (Water and Sanitation), Dhaka, Jan 2002.

Small Community Water Supplies: Technology, People and Partnership.  Edited by Jo Smet and Christine van Wijk.  Series: Technical Paper no 40, 585 pages, 270 technical illustrations, references. EUR34.  In 1981 IRC first published Small Community Water Supplies and the book has been a regular bestseller. A large part of its appeal has been that it is one of the few textbooks to link water supply science and technology with the specific needs of small communities in developing countries. This completely revised edition with contributions from 29 authors from different countries provides a general introduction to a wide range of technologies. Among the topics covered are: planning and management of small water supplies, community water supplies in Central and Eastern European countries, water quality and quantity, integrated water resources management, artificial recharge, rainwater harvesting, spring water tapping, groundwater withdrawal, water lifting, surface water intake, water treatment, aeration, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, multi-stage filtration, desalination technology, disinfection, household level water treatment, technologies for arsenic and iron removal from ground water, and emergency and disaster water supply.  Target audience: Engineers and other staff involved in water supply programmes and projects, and students.  Published with financial support from the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the Netherlands.  [Order online.]


Combating a Deadly Menace: Early Experiences With a Community-Based Arsenic Mitigation Project in Bangladesh. BRAC Research & Evaluation Division, Research Monograph Series No. 16, August 2000. 116 pp. "Phase-ending report for the 'Action Research on Community-Based Arsenic Mitigation' project for June 1999-June 2000. It covers the results of testing, resource mapping and village meetings, treatment of arsenic-affected patients, and the installation, monitoring and evaluation of safe water options in the two upazilas." -p.4  For copies please contact the BRAC Senior Librarian, Ayesha Abed Library,

Arsenic Awareness in Six Bangladesh Towns.  Suzanne Hanchett, Qumrun Nahar, Astrid van Agthoven, Cindy Geers, & Md. Ferdous Jamil Rezi. Henric Dierx & Nick Jenkins, Editors. Royal Netherlands Embassy Dhaka & Eighteen District Towns Water Supply, Sanitation & Drainage Project (18 DTP). Dhaka, March 2000. 82 pp., bound softcover. "This report focuses on the general public['s] ... reaction to the news about arsenic, their special concerns, and their water use practices" - p.1 

For copies, please contact the Royal Netherlands Embassy Dhaka, email

Document Collections

The Program for Research on Poverty Alleviation (PRPA) of Grameen Trust is collecting available books, reports, and papers on arsenic to expand the arsenic documentation corner of their library available to arsenic researchers, and to prepare an annotated bibliography on arsenic in Bangladesh. They request all to provide them with copies of books/reports, articles and other documents related to arsenic in Bangladesh. For more information, contact F H Ripon at

GPS - Now Cheaper & More Accurate Than Ever Before

Nov 2000: "A handheld GPS now costs as little as USD114, for a basic rugged waterproof unit (eg  at  And GPS positioning accuracy is now about 20 meters, with the discontinuation on 1 May 2000 by the US government of 'Selective Availability', this was the intentional degradation of the positioning signal." 

BAMWSP Newsletter

The Bangladesh Arsenic Mitigation Water Supply Project has begun producing a printed newsletter. The most recent one of which ACIC is aware is October 2000. We don't know how the distribution of this is being handled. To get on the distribution list, you could try sending an email to them at and/or

From Disaster Forum

Quarterly Fact Sheets on Arsenic, Other Arsenic Publications & Video

The Fact Sheets are available in hard copy from The Disaster Forum, 5/8, Sir Syed Ahmed Road, Block A, Mohammadpur, Dhaka 1207, tel 8128146, email The price is Tk100 per issue, payable in cash or a/c payee cheque. Past Fact Sheets (with even more info than the printed issues) are available online.  The Fact Sheet is supported by OXFAM-Hong Kong.

Also available from Disaster Forum:

  • Arsenic Crisis: In Search of Safe Water Options (Bangla)
  • A Guide To Tackle Water Supply and Sanitation During Emergencies in Bangladesh.
  • Video Cassette on: "Manifestations of Arsenic Contamination" (English & Bangla)

Where to Buy German-Made Merck Arsenic Field Test Kits in Dhaka

Not an endorsement of the method or brand, just the contact information: T. Ali, G.A. Traders, 62/1 Purana Paltan, 2nd Floor, GPO Box 3430, Dhaka-1000. Tel 9557299, email