BAMWSPBangladesh Arsenic Mitigation Water Supply Project
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"Finding solutions to the contamination that can be implemented at the community level has been a complex process," explains the former BAMWSP director, Abdul Quader Choudhary.
In a portion of Araihazar adjacent to the study area, where wells were tested under BAMWSP but the message was not reinforced through additional health education, only 27% of households stopped using 1,870 wells that had been tested to be unsafe (Schoenfeld 2006).
Participants with unsafe wells who switched to new wells that were not tested by CU, but were possibly tested by BAMWSP, on average did not increase their exposure to As (Figure 2).
The large existing database of close to 5 million well tests compiled under BAMWSP could be used effectively to produce such estimates and help target those aquifers that are systematically low in As (van Geen et al.
The BAMWSP data could also be useful by guiding the installation of community wells to those deeper aquifers that are low in As.
The valuable BAMWSP arsenic data, which have been compiled with information about well location and depth, should be used in a concerted effort to target aquifers for the installation of community wells across a larger portion of Bangladesh.